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About the book:

"Innovations in Teaching Statistics" is a book of stories about teaching statistics. These stories are told by fourteen different instructors of innovative statistics courses, who demonstrate that learning statistics can be a positive, meaningful, and even exciting experience. Despite the prevailing opinion that statistics courses are dull and difficult for students, these stories paint quite a different picture. In the classes of the instructors whose stories fill this book, students are engaged in learning, are empowered to do statistics, and appreciate the instructional methods of their teachers. The instructors profiled in this book are inspiring, dedicated teachers who have devoted considerable effort to creating courses and materials that enable students to successfully learn statistics. Each chapter begins by describing how the author became a teacher of statistics, then provides details about the courses they currently teach, describing their teaching method, textbook, types of student assessments, and uses of technology. One typical class is described in detail, to provide a snapshot of what each person's teaching looks like. The writers then tell the story of the process they went through in developing an innovative course, and conclude their chapters with a discussion of their future plans for course revision or development. As you read these stories, you will learn about some great activities, some helpful technological tools and some innovative assessment methods. By reading these stories, teachers of statistics will understand and be motivated to try different ways to implement reform recommendations, so that these recommendations may continue to lead to a variety of new materials, activities, and teaching approaches. I hope that teachers of statistics may be inspired by these stories and feel encouraged to try new methods, leave behind more traditional approaches to teaching statistics, and carefully examine the effect of their teaching on student learning.

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