ERIC Number: ED340039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-16
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Writing in Statistics Classes Encourages Students To Learn Interpretation.
Beins, Bernard C.
A study investigated the effect of writing in statistics classes on students' interpretation skills (translating the results of data analysis into verbal interpretations that are accessible to non-statisticians). One hundred twenty-two students in three statistics classes received either low, moderate, or high instructional emphasis in interpretive skills. Results indicated that students in the high emphasis class who wrote "press releases" (based on the data sets) that were free of statistical jargon achieved higher scores on computation and interpretation, relative to scores received by students in either the moderate or low emphasis class. Results also showed no differences in level of conceptual knowledge across classes, indicating that a high emphasis on interpretation did not detract from student focus on concepts. Results further indicated that writing focused students' attention on the context and rationale for statistics. (One figure of data is included.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Contexts; Writing Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).