Dr. Susan Nolan from Seton Hall University will be presenting a free workshop on the teaching of statistics.
Street Stats: Using Real World Examples to Teach Scientific Literacy across the Psychology Curriculum
Scientific literacy is arguably the most important skill that psychology majors acquire. It is a skill that can be strengthened through real-world, as well as psychology-based, applications. Indeed, research suggests that cognitive load is reduced when new material – say, a statistical concept like correlation – is applied to material students already understand. So, when students apply quantitative thinking to March Madness college basketball, Cosmo quizzes, fake news in The Onion, rhyme density in hip hop songs, or American Idol rankings, they are able to more readily understand the more complex concepts that comprise scientific thinking.
Susan will share
- A framework to help your students develop their scientific
- Engaging real-world examples that you can embed in your courses across the psychology curriculum – from Introduction to Psychology to capstone courses – to help your students become more proficient in scientific and quantitative thinking.
Susan A. Nolan is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Seton Hall University. She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and conducts research on interpersonal consequences of mental illness and the role of gender in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, the latter funded in part by NSF. Susan enjoys teaching a wide range of courses, and integrates scientific reasoning into every course she teaches. Susan is the co-author of two statistics textbooks, and recently chaired the Statistical Literacy Presidential Taskforce of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP). Susan also is the new co-author on Sandra and Don Hockenbury’s introduction to psychology textbooks.
Susan is a Vice President of STP, and an STP Master Teacher Speaker. She also is the Treasurer of Division 52 of APA (International Psychology), a representative from the American Psychological Association to the United Nations, and the incoming President-Elect of the Eastern Psychological Association.
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