Posted by: thebylog | July 18, 2005

How Do You Really Learn?

I picked up a Cartoon Guide to Statistics at a local book fair, and I do declare that I might learn more conceptually about the discipline from this work than I did from my two-term course in Mathematical Statistics.

And it seems like it’s happened before, in studying technical material. The minutiae of the theory and calculations take over, and some of the overarching concept gets lost. And sometime you’re scared to ask because it doesn’t seem relevant or something.

The theoretical advancement in any technical field is of great importance to facilitate all the wonderful applications that are eventually developed so I don’t mean to minimize that part of a discipline. But equally important for the aspiring expert is to have an unshakeable grasp of the conceptual part of the subject.

If I ever become a teacher of such technical material, I want to strive to really give folks a picture of what’s going on and how it relates to application, as well as create an environment that allows students the freedom to ask.

Much easier said than done, especially if you’re teaching, say, … A THEORY COURSE.


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