The Golden Arches: An Approach to Teaching Statistics in a First-Year University Service Course

  • Małgorzata Wiktoria KorolkiewiczEmail author
  • Belinda Ann Chiera
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 81)


The realities of large first year service courses add substantially to the challenges of creating an environment conducive to learning. Given the increased understanding of the importance of context in Statistics education, discipline relevance is a key consideration in designing effective and engaging curriculum. However, students enter university with increasingly diverse levels of competency in quantitative subjects, and a survey conducted in the first week of teaching typically reveals negative perceptions of Mathematics, and by extension of Statistics, tempered with anxiety about quantitative subjects in general. We present strategies to overcome some of these challenges in relation to a quantitative methods course for first year Business students. Analysis of a follow-up survey at the end of the course reveals a positive shift in students’ attitudes and improvement in student success in the course.


Maths anxiety Large first year classes Service teaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Małgorzata Wiktoria Korolkiewicz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Belinda Ann Chiera
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information Technology and Mathematical SciencesUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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