Event Details

Thursday, 10 August 2017 - Thursday, 10 August 2017
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room 201, Level 2, Cycad Building (1018)
UQ Location:
UQ Long Pocket Site (Long Pocket)
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Event Contact

Sue Creagh
3346 7802
Org. Unit:
Institute for Social Science Research

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To attend this event, please RSVP to screagh@uq.edu.au

Teaching statistics to the reluctant is hard work. We report here on an innovative approach to learning statistics in applied social research settings, by placing social science undergraduates into the workplace. We have collected data since 2014 based on our students' experiences of undertaking 8-week long paid internships in organizations ranging from university research centres, charities, social enterprises and think-tanks, local and national government departments, polling firms and data consultancies, and media companies, to international statistical organisations (The World Bank).

This paper will report on (i) the level of statistical training that forms the foundation for this work (ii) the methods and data analysis skills that our students develop whilst in the workplace (iii) examples of outputs that they produce for their host organisations and (iv) the ways in which we nurture this skill-set for returning students in order to support our undergraduates to become future data analysts.

Jackie Carter is Professor of Statistical Literacy at the University of Manchester, UK. She has a long record of teaching, initially mathematics in secondary school and then statistics and data analysis in higher education. Jackie has developed a work-placed learning programme under an initiative called Q-Step, a UK national programme to upskill social science undergraduate students in quantitative research methods. The talk will share and discuss the experiences of the first four years of this approach. Jackie has also previously led on the Methods@Manchester and Quantitative Methods Short Courses programme led by the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social research. Her own area of research focuses on how work-placed learning can provide opportunities for students from less-advantaged backgrounds to enter the graduate workplace. She also leads on employability and business engagement activities across the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester.

Directions to UQ

To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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