Please join us for the next CAUSE webinar Tuesday, May 27th at 4:00PM ET.
Title: What makes a good statistical question?
Presenters: Pip Arnold (New Zealand) & Chris Franklin (ASA K-12 Statistics Ambassador/ASA Fellow/UGA Emerita)
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 27, 2021
Abstract: In the April CAUSE/Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education webinar series, we discuss "What Makes a Good Statistical Question?" with Pip Arnold & Christine Franklin, the co-authors of a forthcoming paper in JSDSE (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/26939169.2021.1877582). The statistical problem-solving process is key to the statistics curriculum at the school level, post-secondary, and in statistical practice. The process has four main components: Formulate questions, collect data, analyze data, and interpret results. The Pre-K-12 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between a question that anticipates a deterministic answer and a question that anticipates an answer based on data that will vary, referred to as a statistical question. This paper expands upon the Pre-K-12 GAISE distinction of a statistical question by addressing and identifying the different types of statistical questions used across the four components of the statistical problem-solving process and the importance of interrogating these different statistical question types. Since the publication of the original Pre-K-12 GAISE document, research has helped to clarify the purposes of questioning at each component of the process, to clarify the language of questioning, and to develop criteria for answering the question, "What makes a good statistical question?" Pip Arnold is a statistics educator who also sometimes masquerades as a mathematics educator. Her continuing interests include statistical questions, working to support with K-10 teachers in developing their statistical content knowledge and looking at ways to authentically integrate statistics across the curriculum. Pip has been developing a teacher's resource to support the teaching of statistics from K-10 for New Zealand teachers, based on the PPDAC statistical enquiry cycle that is the basis of statistical problem-solving in New Zealand. Christine (Chris) Franklin is the ASA K-12 Statistics Ambassador, an ASA Fellow, and UGA Emerita Statistics faculty. She is the co-author of two introductory statistics textbooks, chair for the ASA policy documents Pre-K-12 GAISE (2005) and Statistical Education of Teachers (2015), and co-chair for the recently published Pre-K-12 GAISE II. She is a former AP Statistics Chief Reader and a past Fulbright scholar to NZ, where she and Pip began having many conversations about the role of questioning in the statistical problem-solving process.
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The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for July is now taking entries!
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 62nd Cartoon Caption Contest – now ongoing every month for over five years! Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, is posted for you and your students to suggest statistical captions (cartoons are posted at the beginning of the month and submissions are due at the end of the month). The caption contest is offered as a fun way to get your students thinking independently about statistical concepts.
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending July 31 are at
The best submission will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the final cartoon.
June Results: The June caption contest featured people on a merry-go-round reaching for a brass ring. There is a small sign above the ring and contestants were challenged to provide the text for the sign as well as a caption for the overall cartoon. The winning sign/caption for the June contest was “Ride until you win,” on the sign matched with the caption: “The p-value hacking carousel; the longer you ride, the greater the chances of grabbing the elusive gold ring,” written by Jim Alloway from EMSQ Associates. Jim’s caption can be used to discuss the multiple testing issue and the concept of p-hacking. An honorable mention this month goes to Francois Bereaud from San Diego Miramar College for the sign reading: “Ride Twice, Double Your Chances!,” matched with the caption: “We've been riding all day, the Law of Large Numbers says we gotta get this ring!,” which can be used by instructors for discussing misinterpretations of the Law of Large Numbers.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!