Out in two business studies classes both using excel

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out in two Business Studies classes, both using Excel -based worksheets based on data about the fast food market. Two-hundred females and 200 males were asked about their fast food purchasing – for example, how often they bought fast food and what brand they bought last- as well as questions about themselves (e.g., age, gender). The evaluator (external to the project team) observed the classes and talked to the students afterwards. It was observed that there was a great difference in the times students took to complete the worksheets, ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours and that students discussed their work very little, except to check their answers. In the follow-up discussions, students liked the scenarios; found the instructions easy to follow and enjoyed “doing the statistics” and filling in the answers. CONCLUSIONS There is a popular view abroad that there is a vast amount of UK-based university-level statistics teaching material freely available on the internet for general use. A recent review by Barnett (2004) concluded that this is probably not so. The STARS project goes some way to redress the balance. All of the materials- scenarios, datasets worksheets and assessment tools- are available freely on a dedicated website which is hosted by Glasgow University. The project has increased awareness of the value of statistics by providing a catalogue of real datasets, with discipline specific worksheets, based on real scenarios and using a range of software, available over the web. The worksheets can be accessed via Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office, the latter enabling modification by staff for local use, and both addressing special needs requirements. Further, procedures for generating random subsets of data so that
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ICOTS-7, 2006: Bidgood 6 students can have individualised datasets and assignments with suggested solutions, have been developed. This project has not been able to cover all the subjects which could benefit from the creation of statistical materials of the form considered here. It is hoped that the teaching, learning and assessment opportunities afforded by the worksheets and assessment tools developed within the STARS project will be of benefit to the statistics teaching community, especially in service teaching classes. Although STARS was initiated by the needs of staff in the UK and funded as a result of a quality assurance exercise in England and Northern Ireland, the materials developed and the concepts behind them have a far greater potential and use throughout the statistics teaching community. REFERENCES Barnett, V. (2004). Review of online statistics teaching material. MSOR Connections , 4(2), 43-45. Bidgood, P. and Cox, W. (2002). Student assessment in MSOR. MSOR Connections , 2(4), 9-13. Davies N. (2001). Feedback from the Stats/OR community. MSOR Connections , 1, 3-4. Davies, N. and Payne, B. (2001). Web-created real data worksheets. MSOR Connections , 1(4), 15-17. Hunt, N. (to appear). Individualised statistics coursework using spreadsheets Teaching Statistics . Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Overview Report. (2000). Gloucester, UK: Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
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