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Teaching statistical literacy

I produced this sketch of a course to stimulate discussion of how to address the challenge for professional or interdisciplinary doctoral programs, which always require statistics and or quantitative methods courses, in teaching those subjects in a way that accommodates the range of prior preparation that students bring into their programs  (See previous post). Comments welcome, including “must cover” topics. Continue reading

How to effectively teach a t-test and critically teach the implications of using it

A doctoral student in a professional program once told me that, even after completing the required statistics course, they could not even do a t-test. Professional or interdisciplinary doctoral programs always require statistics and or quantitative methods courses, but they often lack an approach to teaching those subjects that accommodates the range of prior preparation that students bring into their programs. Continue reading

Compilation of links distributed to Thinktank on Science and Social Justice education

“…Bringing critical analysis of science to bear on the practice and applications of science has not been well developed or supported institutionally. Given this, I have contributed actively to the development of society-at-a-small-scale, through new collaborations, programs, and other activities, new directions for existing programs, and collegial interactions across disciplines and regions…” (read more)

Steps towards a feminist pedagogy of science in society

This thought-piece has been stalled in revision for a few months, so let me expose it for responses and see whether that nudges me to think more about the issues.
0. Discussions of feminist pedagogy often describe critical pedagogy that involves feminist topics, teachers, students. What would make the pedagogy specifically feminist? Or anti-racist? Continue reading

4/23, 50 Whys to Look for Genes: Pros and Complications (participation is possible by from a distance)

Cambridge Science Festival 2015
50 Whys to Look for Genes: Pros and Complications
7-8.30pm, Thursday April 23, Bldg 1-134 at MIT
Participation is possible by google hangout, at http://bit.ly/CCTEvent . RSVP at sicw@umb.edu will help us plan for this. Continue reading

Teaching Evolution = changes in the diversity of forms (of something) over time

Notes from presentation, 10/11/2006.

Studying biological evolution requires us to note six features:

— There is a diversity of forms and patterns in that diversity

— There is a geological record and patterns in this record

— Organisms tend to be adapted to their environment

— Characters or features of organisms are part of an organized form which is developed anew each generation

— There is change over time and sometimes improvement over observable time.

— All life and change occurs at some place/ in some circumstances  Continue reading

Diagramming Intersecting Processes (a 30-minute guest activity for a class on graphic organizers)

Diagramming Intersecting Processes

Preamble on my motivation: I want more people to think in terms of “intersecting processes” (Taylor 2001), which means being able to read the diagrams I present, appreciate the theoretical implications of the concept, start to make their own accounts and diagrammatic depictions, and teach others to do the same.

Goals for students: 1. to understand the development of biomedical and social phenomena in terms of linkages among processes of different kinds and scales that build up over time—genetics, treatment, family and immediate social context, social welfare systems and economics, wider cultural shifts, ….
2. to use graphic organizers to help them visualize such “intersecting processes” and to identify places where detail is missing and where further inquiry is needed. Continue reading