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Learning from failure

I was talking with education researcher Bob Boruch about my frustrations in teaching, the idea that as statisticians we tell people to do formal experimentation but in our own teaching practice we typically just try different things without even measuring outcomes, let alone performing any formal evaluation. Boruch showed me this article with Alan Ruby [...]
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Education: “Maintained a dignified silence”

Academics / General Science : Improbable Research (6 years ago)

How sad to read that our education system appears to be allowing our embryonic scientists to miss the excitement of practical experimentation. Only yesterday I was talking to a man whose scientific epiphany came when a student teach... Read Post

Comments on “Improving the Dependability of Research in Personality and Social Psychology: Recommendations for Research and Educational Practice,” the report of the SPSP Task Force on Publication and Research Practices

Academics / Mathematics : Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science (11 months ago)

On the sister blog we’re supposed to switch to catchy headlines to match our Big Media presence. I actually think that’s a good idea. It’s not easy to write good titles, and it’s worth trying to do better in that regard. But coming ... Read Post

Experimenting on your intro stat course, as a way of teaching experimentation in your intro stat course (and also to improve the course itself)

Academics / Mathematics : Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science (3 years ago)

While visiting the education school at the University of Pennsylvania a couple months ago, I had a long conversation with Bob Boruch, a prominent researcher in the field of evidence-based education. We shared Fred Mosteller stories ... Read Post


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