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Thiel College Psychology professor shares Passion Driven Statistics in New York


Thiel College Psychology professor shares Passion Driven Statistics in New York

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College Associate Professor of Psychology Kristel M. Gallagher, Ph.D., delivered an invited talk and led a workshop for faculty recently at the Institute for Teaching Innovations at D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y.

Faculty and staff from D’Youville College joined Gallagher for a presentation and half-day workshop introducing them to the Passion Driven Statistics curriculum. Students at Thiel College have been engaged in this curriculum since the Spring of 2016 when Gallagher first incorporated it in her “Statistics for the Social Sciences” course.         

Passion Driven Statistics introduces students to the field of applied statistics using real data obtained from large, publicly-available datasets. The cornerstone of the curriculum is that students develop their own original research questions on a topic that they are passionate about and learn how to use statistics to answer those questions. This project-based curriculum supports students to work with existing data covering psychology, health, earth science, government, business, education, biology, ecology, and more.

Gallagher was tapped for this initiative as part of her work as a consultant on the National Science Foundation-funded Passion Driven Statistics curriculum.

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