Chapter 6. Non-Sadistical Methods for Teaching Statistics

  1. Dominic Upton Head Chair Fellow specialist and
  2. Annie Trapp Director founding member
  1. Andy P. Field Reader

Published Online: 29 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320732.ch6

Teaching Psychology in Higher Education

Teaching Psychology in Higher Education

How to Cite

Field, A. P. (2009) Non-Sadistical Methods for Teaching Statistics, in Teaching Psychology in Higher Education (eds D. Upton and A. Trapp), BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320732.ch6

Editor Information

  1. University of Worcester, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Sussex, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195508

Online ISBN: 9781444320732



  • non-statistical methods for teaching statistics;
  • Quality Assurance Agency's (QAA) and British Psychological Society's (BPS) guidelines for curriculum content;
  • unique challenges - facing us when teaching statistics to psychologists;
  • psychology students and hate for statistics - being a classic joke;
  • problems in teaching statistics to undergraduate psychologists - statistics anxiety, motivation, performance extremes;
  • QAA benchmarks and BPS curriculum for graduate basis in registration in UK;
  • null hypothesis significance testing (NHST);
  • teaching statistics;
  • personality variables in predicting success on and attitudes towards statistics courses;
  • Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) website


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • 666 – Numbers Are the Beast: What's So Hard about Teaching Statistics?

  • What Should We Teach?

  • How to Teach Statistics

  • The Challenges of Large-Group Teaching: Gimmicks

  • Calculations or Computers?

  • Which Textbook?

  • Conclusions

  • References