In science, catalysis is the acceleration (increase in rate) of a chemical reaction by means of a substance called a catalyst. In more general terms anything that accelerates a process may be called a “catalyst.” We associate catalysts with leading to some profound or major change.
This project uses the acronym CATALST (Change Agents for Teaching and Learning Statistics) to represent the goal of accelerating change in the teaching and learning of statistics. The changes we are working towards are in both content and pedagogy. Our focus is the first, introductory, non-calculus based statistics course. This project was funded from 2008–2012 to develop curriculum materials, lesson plans, and corresponding student assessments.