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AN EXPERIENCE OF ADAPTING THE TEACHING OF A COURSE OF STATISTICS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

I. Oña Casado, A. V. García Luengo

Universidad de Almería (SPAIN)
Nowadays, the computer provides to the education of Statistics with a greater degree of experimentality and produces a reinforcement in the learning of this. It is essential the use of statistical packages, in the resolution of problems with great quantity of calculations. The ideal thing is that the training with computers was done placing two pupils for computer at most, however in the first year of university education this is practically impossible. Foremore, we have to add that the describers of these subjects are excessively extensive, compared with the credit number that they are assigned with.

Because of it, the objective of this communication is to settle this situation, preparing applications, which are of a great help to transmit information with a great saving of time. Doing this, we encourage the introduction in the classroom of materials, resources and new technologies in the education and learning of Mathematics and in concrete of Statistics.

This way, we do not aim the rigorous proof of the statistical technologies skills, but an exhibition of the theoretical basic knowledge of these disciplines and the most applicable statistical methods, and in concrete to the Business Studies, for whose pupils, the following example was set out:

In order to extract conclusions on the price of the meter of sign, which certain company uses in the location of its shops for different cities of Spain, we will realize two different studies.

• Study of variability of "Price of the meter of sign ", depending on the province.
• Study of variability of "Price of the meter of sign ", depending on the company that makes the sign.

All the results have been carried out, using the statistical package "Statgraphics Plus", and the outputs are shown and interpreted to pupils with the Power-Point programme.