eCOTS 2014 - Breakout Session #9

"Using Creative Inquiry to Understand the Role of Statistics in Undergraduate Research"
Rose Martinez-Dawson & Paul Dawson, Clemson University


In order for undergraduate students to understand the role of statistics in research, a creative inquiry (CI) course was developed in the Department of Foods, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University that would involve food science majors in the research process from development of research hypotheses, data collection, statistical analysis and presentation of results at a University symposium. With the guidance of faculty in the Food Science and Statistics areas, a team of students determines the research focus and works together to complete the project during a semester or over multiple semesters. Details of the development of a CI course will be presented along with examples of different CI research topics that have been explored including those focused on testing food advertising claims. The presentation will equip the audience with a foundation to develop their own CI course. During the presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to role play as students on a CI team.



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