quantitative literacy, health numeracy, analogies, education, cognition, statistics
Introductory statistical concepts are some of the most challenging to convey in quantitative literacy courses. Analogies supplemented by visual illustrations can be highly effective teaching tools. This literature review shows that to exploit the power of analogies, teachers must select analogies familiar to the audience, explicitly link the analog with the target concept, and avert misconceptions by explaining where the analogy fails. We provide guidance for instructors and a series of visual analogies for use in teaching medical and health statistics.
Ancker, Jessica S., and Melissa D. Begg. "Using Visual Analogies To Teach Introductory Statistical Concepts." Numeracy 10, Iss. 2 (2017): Article 7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5038/1936-46126.96.36.199
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