The use of investigations in the introductory statistics course

Martin A. Tanner*

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Reasons for including investigations in a first course in statistics are presented. Investigations create an environment of participation and give the student the opportunity to experience statistics in action. This participation highlights the interaction between science and statistics. Suggestions are made regarding the integration of investigations into a formal course environment. One investigation is presented in detail. Thirteen other investigations are outlined. Emphasis is placed on experiments that require minimal set-up time yet illustrate important statistical concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-310
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Statistician
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1985


  • Fun
  • Statistical education
  • Student participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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