Mathematics Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures

Title

Teaching Statistics through Elections: How Local Events Bring Classroom Topics to Life

Event Name/Location

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference & Exposition / Salt Lake City, Utah

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

10-18-2019

Abstract

Teaching statistics at a university located in Broward County, Florida, I’ve used the Bush vs. Gore election and it’s polling issues to illustrate concepts like confidence level and margin of error. But, students now weren’t alive in 2000 so they didn’t relate. The contentious 2018 election recount provided some new local enthusiasm for the classroom.

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