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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 PI Saputra).
Since November 2016, Dr. Saputra and his colleagues and students have been working to develop an Android application to help in teaching elementary statistics with simulation-based inference. As of early October 2017, they had completed the eight core modules, which are currently being tested and debugged. Meanwhile, they have also been busy finishing up their new set of teaching materials (all in Bahasa), including lecture slides, sample tests and quizzes, a teaching plan, and many other instructional materials, which are ready to be used by any statistics lecturer in Indonesia who wants to implement this method.

So far this year, the team has held two workshops as part of their PEER project. The first, held March 30, 2017, was intended for high school teachers. The event formed part of their department’s annual mathematics competition for high school students. The second workshop was organized on July 12, 2017, with the participants being lecturers at Universitas Pelita Harapan who either use statistics in their research or teach statistics in their departments. In conjunction with the curriculum development and testing efforts, Dr. Saputra and his team also continue to conduct regular surveys in their statistics classes. Since 2016, they have surveyed more than 200 students, not including participants in a current survey being conducted in the fall of 2017. At present, the new curriculum and instructional materials are being used in six classes this semester at UPH. Results from the surveys have been analyzed with input from the U.S. partner, Dr. Nathan Tintle, and submitted for presentation at a professional conference.

Time constraints and other commitments prevented the team from conducting as many workshops as they had hoped in this second year of their project, but an additional research assistant is being hired to help with the workload. During the coming year, the PI aims to expand the impact of the team’s new statistics curricula across Indonesia by holding more workshops to introduce it to more teachers. A collaborative visit with Dr. Tintle is also anticipated.

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