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Marsha Lovett, Psychology Department and Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA is a member of the CAUSE Research Advisory Group. Topic: Identifying and addressing students' challenges and difficulties in learning statistics. Here are some of the questions we'll discuss: In your experience, what topics seem most difficult for students to learn? Do you know about research on common challenges in statistics learning? How do you (or might you) assess students' challenges in learning statistics? What contributes to students' difficulties in learning statistics in your case? Are they problems that would transcend discipline (i.e., be true in other areas) or are they specific to statistics? Do they involve the mathematical aspects or the applied aspects? What ideas do you have or strategies have you tried to overcome these difficulties?

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