Detailed Description

Teaching AP Statistics Part I: Descriptive Statistics and Probability

This is the first module of a networked-based two-module course in the fundamentals of probability and statistics. The two modules together are intended to provide the necessary background for teachers of high school statistics.

The outline of this Module is constructed from several notable high school and college statistics texts and the AP Program Topic Outline. As a result, be aware that the outline of our Module may not coincide exactly with your primary AP text.

The general pattern for the module will consist of reading specific sections of the primary AP textbook, working through the units, and then completing and submitting the assignments. In some cases, the assignments can be done with a graphing calculator such as the TI-84+. Assignments will be submitted in electronic format to the instructor via the Internet.

More details on each individual unit are given below:

Unit 1: Exploring Data: Introduction to Descriptive Statistics and Overview of Statistics Websites: The World Wide Web will be explored as a resource for statistics instruction. Participants will learn how to use the web as a resource by exploring various statistics websites.

Unit 2: Statistical Tables and Graphs: Data will be found and presented using a variety of tables and graphs that students will learn to create and understand.  

Unit 3: Summarizing Data: Centers and Spreads: Participants will examine centers of data (mean, median, mode), ways of measuring spread (variation and standard deviation).

Unit 4: Linear Relationships: Regression and Correlation: Participants will explore linear relationships in data by studying scatterplots, correlation, regression, and addressing the question of causation.

Unit 5: Probability and Expected Value: Participants will examine experimental probability, probability models, random sampling, and expected value.

Unit 6: Probability Distributions: Participants will be introduced to probability distributions--specifically the Binomial and Normal.