Improving statistical skills through students’ participation in the development of resources

Irene Biza, Eugénie Vande Hey

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This paper summarizes the evaluation of a project that involved undergraduate mathematics students in the development of teaching and learning resources for statistics modules taught in various departments of a university. This evaluation regards students’ participation in the project and its impact on their learning of statistics, as characterized in terms of statistical reasoning, statistical thinking, and skills for statistical consultancy. The participation of students is evaluated from the viewpoint of communities of practice. The evaluation resulted in a characterization of the benefits of such a project and suggestions for implementations of future projects, and in addition brought to light new theoretical elements both as regards the learning of statistics and as regards communities of practice. In particular, the analysis highlighted contributions of the students involved to resource development practice in the community of university statistics teachers, as well as contributions to students’ learning as a result of participation in this community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-186
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number2
Early online date15 Sep 2014
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2015


  • statistical thinking
  • statistical reasoning
  • statistics education
  • student internship
  • communities of practice
  • participation

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