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Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability introduces statistics as a problem-solving process. In this course, you will build your skills through investigations of different ways to collect and represent data and to analyze and interpret variation in data. The course consists of 10 sessions, each with a half hour of video programming, problem-solving activities provided online and in a print guide, and interactive activities and demonstrations on the Web. Although each session includes suggested times for how long it may take to complete all of the required activities, these times are approximate. Some activities may take longer. You should allow at least two and a half hours for each session. The 10th session explores ways to apply the statistical concepts you've learned in K-8 classrooms. You should complete the sessions sequentially.

Session 1: Statistics as Problem Solving
Consider statistics as a problem-solving process and examine its four components: asking questions, collecting appropriate data, analyzing the data, and interpreting the results. This session investigates the nature of data and its potential sources of variation. Variables, bias, and random sampling are introduced.

Session 2: Data Organization and Representation
Explore different ways of representing, analyzing, and interpreting data, including line plots, frequency tables, cumulative and relative frequency tables, and bar graphs. Learn how to use intervals to describe variation in data. Learn how to determine and understand the median.

Session 3: Describing Distributions
Continue to learn about organizing and grouping data in different graphs and tables. Learn how to analyze and interpret variation in data by using stem and leaf plots and histograms. Learn about relative and cumulative frequency.

Session 4: The Five-Number Summary
Investigate various approaches for summarizing variation in data, and learn how dividing data into groups can help provide other types of answers to statistical questions. Understand numerical and graphic representations of the minimum, the maximum, the median, and quartiles. Learn how to create a box plot.

Session 5: Variation About the Mean
Explore the concept of the mean and how variation in data can be described relative to the mean. Concepts include fair and unfair allocations, and how to measure variation about the mean.

Session 6: Designing Experiments
Examine how to collect and compare data from observational and experimental studies, and learn how to set up your own experimental studies.

Session 7: Bivariate Data and Analysis
Analyze bivariate data and understand the concepts of association and co-variation between two quantitative variables. Explore scatter plots, the least squares line, and modeling linear relationships.

Session 8: Probability
Investigate some basic concepts of probability and the relationship between statistics and probability. Learn about random events, games of chance, mathematical and experimental probability, tree diagrams, and the binomial probability model.

Session 9: Random Sampling and Estimation
Learn how to select a random sample and use it to estimate characteristics of an entire population. Learn how to describe variation in estimates, and the effect of sample size on an estimate's accuracy.

Session 10: Classroom Case Studies
Explore how the concepts developed in this course can be applied at different grade levels through case studies of K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 teachers (former course participants), all of whom have adapted their new knowledge to their classrooms.


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