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A Duck's Story - Introducing the Idea of Testing (Statistical) Hypotheses

A Duck's Story - Introducing the Idea of Testing (Statistical) Hypotheses

Created by Edith Seier of East Tennessee State University, this lesson by means of a simple story and a worksheet with questions guides the students from research question to arriving at a conclusion. The whole process is simply reasoning, no formulas. This lesson uses the reasoning already done by the student to introduce the standard vocabulary of testing statistical hypotheses (null & alternative hypotheses, p-value, type I and type II error, significance level). Students need to be familiar with binomial distribution tables. After the duck's story is finished, the class is asked to come up with their own research question, collect the data, do the hypotheses testing and answer their own research question. The teaching material is intended to be flexible depending of the time available. Instructors can choose to do just the interactive lecture type, interactive lecture and activity, or even add the optional material.

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