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Statistics instructorsí beliefs and misconceptions about p-values


Reaburn, R, Statistics instructors' beliefs and misconceptions about p-values, Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2-6 July 2017, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 428-433. ISBN 978-1-920846-30-5 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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It is well known that students of inferential statistics find the hypothetical, probabilistic reasoning used in hypothesis tests difficult to understand. Consequently, they will also have difficulties in understanding p-values. It is not unusual for these students to hold misconceptions about p-values that are difficult to remove. In this study, 19 Australian tertiary statistics educators were surveyed about their beliefs about p-values, and it was found that some of these instructors held misconceptions about the nature of p-values. These findings suggest that professional learning of statistics instructors is urgently required so that instructors may have their beliefs challenged and corrected.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:p-values, misconceptions, instructors
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Reaburn, R (Dr Robyn Reaburn)
ID Code:118797
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-07-20
Last Modified:2018-06-20

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