Embedding case studies into statistical teaching to enhance quantitative skills of biomedicine students

Familari, Mary, Elliott, Kristine, Watson, Ray and Matthews, Kelly E. (2012) Embedding case studies into statistical teaching to enhance quantitative skills of biomedicine students. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 20 1: 44-56.

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Author Familari, Mary
Elliott, Kristine
Watson, Ray
Matthews, Kelly E.
Title Embedding case studies into statistical teaching to enhance quantitative skills of biomedicine students
Journal name International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
ISSN 2200-4270
1836-0866
1443-4490
Publication date 2012-07-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 44
End page 56
Total pages 13
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Language eng
Abstract Students often find it difficult to appreciate the relevance of statistical analysis and the role of quantitative skills (QS) to their future profession in the health sciences. Recent studies have pointed to the use of interdisciplinary or context-based approaches to bring relevance to the role of statistics and mathematics in the life sciences. We speculated that the choice of case studies that cater to the interests of biology students undertaking introductory statistics subjects may improve the relevance of QS to them. This paper reports a strategy we used to teach statistical concepts and building QS of biomedicine students by linking the teaching of biology and statistics using interdisciplinary case studies. We asked, would the use of authentic case studies drawn from influential health science discoveries lead to an improved perception of the relevance of QS? Students’ perceptions of the initiative were determined through the use of a questionnaire asking students to provide their opinions about the relevancy and importance of studying QS. We found pre and post survey students held negative views about mathematics and statistics, and although students’ comments indicate the use of real-life case studies kept the lessons in statistics interesting, they did not think statistical analysis was important to them or their careers.
Keyword Teaching
Statistical analysis
Context-based data sets
Quantitative skills
Case studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education is an Open Access journal. (formerly CAL-laborate International)

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Created: Mon, 30 Jul 2012, 22:49:34 EST by Kelly Matthews on behalf of Teaching & Educational Development Institute