Chapter 4: Designing and teaching the statistics core course
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Sociology is a discipline focused on understanding the social world through the integration of scientific reasoning, critical evaluation, and analysis of social inequality. It is uniquely positioned to cultivate students’ abilities to interpret and use statistical information in critical and meaningful ways. Statistics is a core course in most sociology undergraduate and graduate programs. How courses are taught and what they include varies. What is constant is statistics anxiety, which can have detrimental impacts on all students and particularly those who are from underrepresented communities. To achieve course learning objectives, sociological statistics instructors need to not only be aware of statistics anxiety, but also how to create a more culturally inclusive classroom. This chapter provides an analysis of the goals of the core statistics course and what its unique challenges are, followed by suggestions for best practices and resources for those teaching such courses to both undergraduate and graduate students.

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