A Problem-Based Learning Approach to Teaching Biostatistics.


Authors: 
Boyle, C.
Category: 
Volume: 
7(1)
Pages: 
Online
Year: 
1999
Publisher: 
Journal of Statistics Education
URL: 
http://www.amstat.org/publications/jse/secure/v7n1/boyle.cfm
Abstract: 

Courses taught using problem-based learning methods give life sciences graduate students direct practice in the statistical reasoning skills needed to choose appropriate procedures for analyzing data from their research studies. This paper describes a graduate-level, case-based biostatistics course designed to cultivate these skills in veterinary medical science students who have had some initial preparation in statistics. The course gives students practical experience by focusing on the analysis of data from actual biomedical research studies. Student evaluations indicated that this course improved the students' ability to understand and apply statistical methods in their research.