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Introductory statistics course tertiary students' understanding of P-values


Reaburn, R, Introductory statistics course tertiary students' understanding of P-values, Statistics Education Research Journal, 13, (1) pp. 53-65. ISSN 1570-1824 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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This study aimed to gain knowledge of students' beliefs and difficulties in understanding p-values, and to use this knowledge to develop improved teaching programs. This study took place over four consecutive teaching semesters of a one-semester tertiary statistics unit. The study was cyclical, in that the results of each semester were used to inform the instructional design for the following semester. Over the semesters, the following instructional techniques were introduced: computer simulation, the introduction of hypothetical probabilistic reasoning using a familiar context, and the use of alternative representations. the students were also encouraged to write about their work. As the interventions progressed, a higher proportion of students successfully defined and used p-values in Null Hypothesis Testing procedures.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Statistics education research, p-values, simulation, student understanding
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:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Reaburn, R (Dr Robyn Reaburn)
ID Code:91484
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-05-20
Last Modified:2018-03-18
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