Engaging the Intuition in Statistics to Motivate

Motivation is key to learning. The author points out that it is important to engage intuition for aspects of statistics that pupils find counter-intuitive. Three strategies—using multiple representations, using intuitive analogies, and using counterintuitive examples—provide opportunities for scholars to gain a better understanding of the concepts.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the article to start a discussion about other methods to connect the learners with the content
  • Find out the different representations that help class members understand concepts better
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should be aware of advanced statistical content
Pros

  • Includes a list of references
  • Provides a link to contact the author
Cons

  • None