About the course
What is Statistical Thinking?
Statistical thinking is a thought process that enables an objective perception of a subject matter. It provides our minds with a thinking methodology that is founded on the key statistical concepts. It empowers the process of turning data in to reliable and objective information.
A ‘human mind data analysis’ versus a ‘statistical data analysis’
Human minds work according to the evidence-based principle – information and data our minds are exposed to are the foundation for our minds’ decision-making process. Our minds collect information, analyse it and form conclusions. A statistical data analysis does it similarly, but with one important difference: the process of collecting data, analysing and forming conclusions is done according to the methodology that assures objectivity and supports the notion of finding the truth. Statistical thinking is the crucial part of this methodology.
How do we help you to develop Statistical Thinking skills?
We introduce you the processes and the thinking that is used in statistical data analysis. We provide you with an experience that enables you to develop not only statistical thinking, but also a profound understanding of the key data analytics concepts.
What are the key objectives of the Statistical Thinking course for Journalists?
- To develop a profound understanding of the key statistical concepts
- To be introduced to the thinking methodology behind statistical thinking
- To become familiar with causal thinking concepts when analysing data
- To polish ‘objective critical thinking’ skills
The course is organised in an interactive way and comprises a mixture of presentations, discussions and team work. The course is built on the teaching philosophy of experiential learning, following the ‘deep-learning’ approach. To provide an environment for discovering and exploring the art of statistical and causal thinking, participants’ thinking is challenged by a number of real world data analysis and data presentation examples. Because the interaction among the participants and instructor is important, each course is limited to 15 participants.
About the instructor
Dr. Ana Kolar has significant experience in teaching at university level. However, she has also proved successful at delivering statistical thinking courses at primary school level. Ana is able to introduce and explain complex topics in a simple manner and she strives towards an educational approach that is based on experiential learning. Ana is the creator of this new approach for developing statistical thinking skills. Read more about Ana here.