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Going beyond the book: Toward critical reading in statistics teaching

Andrew E. Gelman

Title:
Going beyond the book: Toward critical reading in statistics teaching
Author(s):
Gelman, Andrew E.
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Statistics
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Abstract:
We can improve our teaching of statistical examples from books by collecting further data, reading cited articles, and performing further data analysis. This should not come as a surprise, but what might be new is the realization of how close to the surface these research opportunities are: even influential and celebrated books can have examples where more can be learned with a small amount of additional effort. We discuss three examples that have arisen in our own teaching: an introductory textbook that motivated us to think more carefully about categorical and continuous variables; a book for the lay reader that misreported a study of menstruation and accidents; and a monograph on the foundations of probability that overinterpreted statistically insignificant fluctuations in sex ratios.
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Political science
Statistics
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