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Div. 5 Mini-Conference at Vanderbilt University, March 2017

“Teaching Statistics and Quantitative Methods into the 21st Century” mini-conference presentations.

By Joe Rodgers

It's now a two-year tradition that the annual mid-year meeting of the Div. 5 Executive Committee includes a mini-conference devoted to topics in quantitative and qualitative methods. In 2016, then-President Scott Hofer hosted the first mini-conference at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. This year, on March 24, 2017, in between the Thursday and Saturday Div. 5 business meetings, President Joe Rodgers hosted a one-day mini-conference at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, “Teaching Statistics and Quantitative Methods into the 21st Century.” Funding for travel by presenters, conference food and IT support was obtained from Div. 5 from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, and from Peabody College of Education and Human Development of Vanderbilt, which also provided the beautiful Wyatt Center Rotunda and a rousing welcome by Dean Camilla Benbow.

The talks were organized into six sessions:

  • Introductory Presentation
  • Classroom Teaching Innovations I
  • Teaching Strategies and Philosophy
  • Teaching Qualitative Methods
  • Classroom Teaching Innovations II
  • Keynote Addresses

Presenters and their titles are listed below. All presentations – including PowerPoint/pdf slides – can be viewed online.

The Div. 5 APA program in early August has the same focus, “Teaching Statistics and Quantitative Methods into the 21st Century.” Many of the same presenters, and several additional teaching scholars, will be presenting in the Div. 5 program (PDF, 94KB) at the August APA meetings in Washington D.C. Amy Schmidt, the Div. 5 president for 2017-18, plans to continue the mini-conference tradition in spring 2018. Details of that event will be announced sometime in the future.

2017 Conference Presenters and Titles

Introductory Presentation

Joe Rodgers, Vanderbilt University, “Teaching Undergraduate Statistics As Though It Really Matters: Resolving Inconsistencies between Quantitative Methods Teaching at the Undergraduate and Graduate Level

Classroom Teaching Innovations I

Teaching Strategies and Philosophy

Teaching Qualitative Methods

Classroom Teaching Innovations II

Keynote Addresses