How to Introduce Historically the Normal Distribution in Engineering Education: A Classroom Experiment
IJMEST Volume 41, Number 1, ISSN 0020-739X
Little has been explored with regard to introducing historical aspects in the undergraduate statistics classroom in engineering studies. This article focuses on the design, implementation and assessment of a specific activity concerning the introduction of the normal probability curve and related aspects from a historical dimension. Following a teaching-learning approach inspired by history, this idea was put into practice at an engineering school. For this purpose a historical module on the normal curve elaborated by Katz and Michalowicz [V.J. Katz and K.D. Michalowicz (eds.), "Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics," The Mathematical Association of America, Washington, 2005] was adapted to develop different aspects of the topic. Since the activity fostered cross-curricular competences, it was designed in keeping with the guidelines of the European Higher Education Area. (Contains 1 table, 3 figures, and 4 notes.)
Blanco, M. & Ginovart, M. (2010). How to Introduce Historically the Normal Distribution in Engineering Education: A Classroom Experiment. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 41(1), 19-30.