Re: [R] OT: DOE - experiments for teaching

From: Berton Gunter <gunter.berton_at_gene.com>
Date: Sat 06 May 2006 - 09:10:42 EST


I've had fun and luck with the apparatus described in my little paper:

THROUGH A FUNNEL SLOWLY WITH BALL BEARING AND INSIGHT TO TEACH EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
The American Statistician, 47, 4 p. 265-269 (1993)

We continue to use this in our industrial training.

I also would strongly second Spencer's remarks re the difficulty of helping students see the big picture. For some reason, viewing experimentation as part of an overall learning process/strategy does not seem to be part of most scientist's or engineer's formal education. I suppose if you look at typical science or engineering labs where the goal is to come to a predetermined conclusion, it's not hard to see why. But we don't need to get into that imbroglio here.

"The business of the statistician is to catalyze the scientific learning process." - George E. P. Box    

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> [mailto:r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Spencer Graves
> Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 3:59 PM
> To: Thomas Kaliwe
> Cc: r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [R] OT: DOE - experiments for teaching
>
> I fully endorse Richard Heiberger's recommendation of
> the Bill Hunter
> articles on teaching experimental design. For a
> college-level semester
> D0E class, I had students do experiments in groups. I found
> it wise to
> have them do a preliminary presentation with a discussion of the
> experimental design plus their protocol for managing all the
> details of
> test materials, data collection, etc., then a final report with the
> results. Many students did fine, but some were clearly
> clueless about
> the whole process, which indicated a need for some adjustment
> in what I
> taught or in some individual assistance.
>
> If this is just a few hours or a 1-day thing, you
> might consider
> "http://www.prodsyse.com/exped2b.pdf".
>
> hope this helps.
> Spencer Graves
>
> Thomas Kaliwe wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm sorry for this not being related to R but I think this is a good
> > place to ask. I'm looking for DOE examples(experiments)
> that can be done
> > at home or in class, such as Paper Helicopter, Paper Towel
> etc.. I'm
> > thankful for any comment.
> >
> > Thomas
> >
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