Wesleyan professor Lisa Dierker, Ph.D. is the author of a compelling, project-based research and statistics curriculum entitled Passion-Driven Statistics. Passion-Driven Statistics aims to get students involved in the research process and inspire their interest in statistics by letting them formulate the research questions that especially capture their attention.
The Passion-Driven Statistics website offers the following description:
"Passion-Driven Statistics" is a multidisciplinary, project-based curriculum that supports students in conducting original research, asking original questions, and communicating methods and results using the language of statistics. The curriculum supports students to work with existing data covering health, geography and earth science, government, business, education, genetics and more. From existing data, you’ll be able to pose questions of interest to you and then use statistical software (e.g. SAS, R, Python, Stata or SPSS) to turn raw data into useful information."
The Passion-Driven Statistics project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).