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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 (kie.saputra@uph.edu), Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH)
U.S. Partner: Nathan Tintle, Dordt University
Project Dates: November 2015 - December 2020

Project Blog: https://statisticsreform.wordpress.com

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).
On October 31, 2019, Dr. Saputra and his team conducted a Workshop on Introductory Statistics with Simulation-Based Inference at their university. The 49 participants were mainly statistics lecturers from universities in and around Surabaya. Also during the last quarter of 2019, the PI reports that two more universities (University Muhammadiyah Jakarta and Universitas Parahyangan) have agreed to collaborate on implementation of the statistical inference concepts and methodologies the PEER team has developed. The team has already collected baseline student data from these universities and will be tracking the impacts of the new statistical teaching methods on student mastery of the subject in those universities.

As part of their curriculum development efforts, the PEER team has completed a problem book for use by statistics lecturers in their classes. They are now providing available copies with interested instructors. Dr. Saputra and his colleagues continue to work with their U.S. partner Dr. Nathan Tintle on preparation of a paper on the implementation of new statistical learning methods in Indonesia. Discussions will continue in order to produce a finished product for submission to a journal. In the meantime, the team continues to collect student surveys to monitor and evaluate their instructional methodology and materials. During the first half of 2020 they plan to organize another workshop and a conference.

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