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Title: Turning “Sadistics” into Statistical Literacy For Non-Mathematicians: Professor Taras Gula Counts the Ways
Authors: Boyes, Lisa
Keywords: Statistics
statistical literacy
Health Information Management
course curricula
Issue Date: 3-Oct-2008
Series/Report no.: News from GBC Research and Innovation
October, 2008
Abstract: Professor Taras Gula of the School of Health Information Management teaches introductory stats to non-mathematician students aplenty at George Brown: in nursing, psychology, health information management and other health sciences. Many of them, bright students, struggle with a subject that is at the heart of research and that students must now grasp in order to take on jobs in their field and contribute to evidence-based practice in healthcare. Gula has learned that “introductory statistics courses on their own are not a proper way to teach stats to non-mathematicians.” Research across disciplines shows that students think statistics course material is poorly presented and doesn’t motivate them to achieve depth of understanding. As a first step in making statistics accessible to students, Gula developed his online “statcat” prototype (, a game-like form of learning that uses levels of skill and scenario-based case studies to help students visualize data, one of the most crucial yet difficult topics in intro stats courses.
Description: Feature article on researcher Taras Gula, of Health Information Management in PDF format.
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