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Using a problem-driven approach for teaching statistics at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

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Publication date8/07/2018
Number of pages9
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventICOTS 10: 10th International Conference on Teaching Statistics - Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 8/07/201813/07/2018
Conference number: 10
http://icots.info/10/

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ConferenceICOTS 10
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period8/07/1813/07/18
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Abstract

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a research and education institute with
multiple centers across Africa that offers Master-level programmes in statistics and applied
mathematics. In this paper, I first describe the teaching context and pedagogical objectives of
AIMS. I then propose a problem-driven approach for teaching statistics which emphasizes the role
of statistical inference as integral to scientific investigation. Finally, I illustrate a sample activity
where a case study in public health is used to introduce geo-statistical modelling to students. I
argue that the proposed approach helps students at AIMS to develop critical thinking skills and
gain a deeper understanding of the links between statistical modelling and science.