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702 USING STUDENTS' WRITINGS TO ASSESS THEIR COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT IN AN ELEMENTARY ECONOMIC STATISTICS COURSE
Comments on statistical articles in the popular press by first-year economics students studying statistics in Australia and SouthEast Asia are analysed. Three common weaknesses are described-lack of appreciation of journalistic style, disregarding statistical variation, and incorrect percentage statements. Differences between the groups are described and implications for teaching such courses are discussed. This paper examines results from part of a first-year, one-semester, compulsoryfatcat:u2sc7fycfveyre7c3ml2txgzsa