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Re: early exposure key
  • 10/22/2014 11:00:23 PM
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Maryam writes that


 

...  it was very interesting because they used number recognition to explain mode and number organization to explain other statistical concepts. The kids got it so it did work. 


 

Does sound like a lot of creativity involved in the information delivery here. I'd be particularly interested in how they explained the concept of mean without a foundation of basic arithmetic skills...

 

Re: early exposure key
  • 10/20/2014 4:58:48 PM
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Lyndon it was very interesting because they used number recognition to explain mode and number organization to explain other statistical concepts. The kids got it so it did work. I wish I had seen statistics in high school rather than trigonometry, it would have been much more useful in college as a business major.

Re: early exposure key
  • 10/16/2014 12:00:16 PM
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@kq4ym. Great point about the risk of making stats too boring for kids. There will be a real challenge not so much in training the teachers in stats but in two other areas:

1)in crafting a curriculum that providers the proper level of challenge for the more advanced students (let's face it, smarter) and generates an interest in the average student.

2)in finding a way to fit stats into an educational program that already has a lot of forces tugging at it for time and attention. It seems like there are a hundred advocacy groups and political initiatives looking for their piece of the student's school day, from those pushing standardized tests, those arguing for "the basics", people bemoaning the loss of handwriting and history, groups calling for more science and technology, etc.

I think the ideal curriculum might integrate stats into some of those other programs, helping kids become comfortable with data, sort of a "stats in practice/real life" approach. How about using the old "current events" concept to show kids what statistics can do for them?

 

Re: early exposure key
  • 10/16/2014 8:54:23 AM
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It is about time for getting stat familiarity in the schools. But, somehow we need to get the teachers aboard and find ways to make the subject interesting to students. Otherwise, it may seem to many just another "boring" subject that needs to be learned to pass the tests, but otherwise never think about again.

Re: early exposure key
  • 10/16/2014 5:58:40 AM
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Before giving birth, I read up on early learning, and guess what? Turns out you can teach babies math. It sounded absurd to me at first but it made more sense as I continued reading. The reason why it works is that babies are taught to appreciate quantities, not numerals. Babies and toddlers are sponges when it comes to sensory data so they can grasp 73 red dots on a page without counting. The "math lessons" I give to my now one-year-old consists of flash cards with red dots, and you won't believe how happy she is to see them! I've never seen anyone so happy studying math.

I think an appreciation of quantities will significantly boost our appreciation of statistics. Unfortunately, that sponge-like grasping of quantities only lasts for a few years; after that, the way to learn math will be largely limited to abstraction.

Re: early exposure key
  • 10/16/2014 12:03:01 AM
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It's pretty appalling that most students only to get to meaty statistics coursework at the college level. This inititiative is long overdue, and can only help students prepare for a data-centric world and the jobs to be found there.

Re: early exposure key
  • 10/15/2014 11:04:10 PM
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Maryam -- Wow, statistical concepts in first grade. Pretty good, considering that operations like multiplication and division aren't usually covered until a couple of grades higher. Must have used a really creative approach. Intriguing...

 

early exposure key
  • 10/15/2014 10:37:07 AM
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I completely agree that early exposure to statistics is key to later understanding. I have a young daughter who was exposed to statistical concepts in first grade. While these were generic concepts such as mean,median, range,and mode, they still provided young minds exposure to concepts they will see you later in life. It will be interesting to see how this exposure helps our young people master analysis as they evolvel in their educational careers.



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