Enhancing Statistics Education by Including Qualitative Research

Irena Ograjenšek, Iddo Gal

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In this paper, we propose to re-examine the role of qualitative thinking in the early stages of learning statistics and, where relevant, integrate selected elements of qualitative research methods into statistics curricula. We believe that this can help to improve statistics education, deepen desired student understanding of the role of statistics in providing answers to real-world problems and address recurring concerns about student motivation. The paper clarifies the logic underlying our proposal, examines existing connections between qualitative and quantitative research during instruction that often go unacknowledged and can be built upon, explores practical implementation issues and discusses advantages as well as limitations of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-178
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Statistical Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016

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  • qualitative research
  • qualitative thinking
  • qualitative variables
  • quantitative research
  • quantitative variables
  • research process
  • skill transfer
  • statistics curriculum
  • Statistics education
  • student motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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