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The CASE Project: Evaluation of Case-Based Approaches to Learning and Teaching in Statistics Service Courses.

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lee Fawcett



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The CASE project (Case-based Approaches to Statistics Education; see was established to investigate how the use of real-life, discipline-specific case study material in Statistics service courses could improve student engagement, motivation and confidence. Ultimately, the project aims to promote deep learning of course material, with students from other disciplines being equipped with the skills to undertake independent quantitative analyses (for example, in their final year dissertations). In this paper we describe the case-based materials and associated activities, developed as part of this project, for first year Business undergraduates taking a compulsory course in Quantitative Methods. We also attempt to evaluate the success of our efforts through a trial in which a randomly selected subgroup of students was exposed to our case-based learning and teaching activities. After adjusting for nuisance factors, we found that students in this subgroup outperformed their peers who were not selected for case-based learning and teaching, in terms of their grades in both routine algorithmic homework exercises and more open-ended projects requiring problem-solving and interpretative skills.

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Author(s): Fawcett L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Statistics Education

Year: 2017

Volume: 25

Issue: 2

Pages: 79-89

Online publication date: 23/08/2017

Acceptance date: 04/09/2017

Date deposited: 27/09/2017

ISSN (electronic): 1069-1898

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/10691898.2017.1341286


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