Active Methods for Teaching Central Tendency

Tuesday, May 24th, 20112:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Presented by: David Lane, Rice University


The concept of central tendency is typically taught by presenting measures of central tendency and then describing their properties. A (perhaps) better alternative is to think about different ways in which central tendency can be defined and then find statistics that fit these definitions. An activity using Java applets that allows students to discover statistics for each of three definitions of central tendency will be presented.