By Charlotte A. Bolch, University of Florida Beverly L. Wood, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Evaluating evidence can be as simple as looking at an appropriate visualization or as complex as understanding the meaning of a p-value. We introduce two Primary Source Projects that bring new perspective to the teaching of these perennial topics. Primary Source Projects are a series of tasks based on a primary source that students work on in groups during class or individually outside of class. “Seeing & Understanding Data” is an alternative classroom activity for fostering student appreciation for the power of data displays as they have evolved from hand- drawn sketches to dynamic web apps. “Quantifying Certainty: the p-value” tackles the evolution of thought regarding how much evidence it takes to influence decisions. The poster will feature an overview of each project, learning objectives, highlighted examples of activities, and possible implementation strategies for instructors. Instructors will have access to the materials. Also, general feedback from instructors at test sites that implemented the projects this spring semester will be presented. The projects are recommended for introductory statistics courses for high school and college students, introductory data science courses, and mathematics education courses.