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Cycle 4 (2015 Deadline)

Implementation of a randomization-based curriculum for introductory statistics at UPH and across Indonesia

PI: Kie Van Ivanky Saputra (, Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH)
U.S. Partner: Nathan Tintle, Dordt College
Project Dates: November 2015 - October 2018

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Project Overview

Statistics education reform is spreading around the globe but has yet to reach Indonesia. In this project Dr. Saputra and his colleagues will expose many Indonesian teachers of introductory statistics to the reformed content and pedagogy of simulation-based methods for teaching introductory statistics, methods that are growing in popularity at both the high school and college levels worldwide. The team will demonstrate that the simulation-based approaches to teaching introductory statistics developed by their U.S. Government-supported partner Dr. Tintle and his colleagues is a viable and effective alternative to teaching statistics to Indonesian university and high school students. As part of this project, the UPH group will provide helpful training to many statistics educators in Indonesia, impacting thousands of students in one of the world’s fastest growing disciplines. Finally, documenting student learning gains and improved attitudes when using the new curriculum is an important element of the project, and statistics teachers around Indonesia will participate in an assessment project to document these gains. They will disseminate the results of their workshops and the assessment project through peer-reviewed papers and conference presentations.

This new statistics curriculum will reform statistics education on a national level, changing traditional teaching methods to an active learning, student focused approach, engaging students to use more technology in learning something new, and initiating changes in statistical education through professional development. The sustained online learning community and faculty development materials included in this project will reach more than 200 statistics teachers and ultimately more than 3,000 Indonesian students. With a diverse range of professions in which statistics plays a role, the project has the potential for effecting substantial change in many sectors in the nation. Initially, it will impact hundreds of statistics educators and thousands of students in the classroom, and later on, indirectly, it should improve overall statistical literacy in the country. Its broader impacts are envisioned in enhancements to the quality of statistical education, the quality of statistical research, and the application of statistics throughout Indonesia.

Summary of Recent Activities

4-29 Students at UPH
Statistics students at Universitas Pelita Harapan (photo courtesy of Dr. Saputra).
Dr. Saputra and his colleagues organized two workshops at UPH during the last quarter of 2017 as they completed the second year of their PEER project. The first was held October 12 and the second on December 14, with both covering various aspects involved in implementation of a randomization-based curriculum for introductory statistics courses. The team at UPH collaborates with colleagues at the Indonesian Mathematics Society, from whom they received a contact database of all mathematics and statistics lecturers in each province of Indonesia. This was very helpful in attracting appropriate participants for these and future planned workshops. Besides providing instruction for the participants, the workshops have also served the project team well by providing interesting input from experienced lecturers as they continue to refine their own curriculum modules.

On the outreach side of the project, Dr. Saputra presented a paper at an international conference held at the University of Muhammadiyah Prof. Dr. Hamka in October. Because many of the conference attendees were from the field of education more broadly, the PI found it to be a great opportunity to gain new perspectives from people outside the field of statistics.

The next planned event on the project will be a workshop for university lecturers from all around Indonesia, which will be held at UPH February 8, 2018. In the months to come the team will also hold workshops in Bandung, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya. As of the start of the year, they had completed their Indonesian-language teaching materials and an Android-based app for statistics instruction, and two articles had been submitted for publication. The team will devote further work this coming year to completing their planned book of statistics problems for use with students.

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