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ERIC Number: ED079993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 9
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Teaching Statistics, While Simultaneously Saving Time, Chalk, Etc...
Edgar, S. Michael
The interactive computer terminal provides an opportunity to teach statistics innovatively. A new computer-assisted instructional (CAI) program helps students by taking over the burden of computation. The instructor introduces a theoretical topic, describes its use, works examples, and has the students work a problem, doing the computation manually. Additional problems are then worked on the computer. The computer programs are written in conversational style to facilitate clear understanding and to reinforce for the students the steps followed. The program: 1) provides an introduction on methodology; 2) asks for data and shows how to enter them; 3) checks data accuracy and conducts calculations; and 4) gives results. Repetition is available and students control what they receive. All relevant portions of a topic are presented at one time, and the user can sample all aspects of the problem which interest him before arriving at the final solution. Students who use the CAI program save time, achieve better overall understanding of statistics, and learn to deal with statistical material from other areas. Their manual computational skills, however, are not well developed. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Arlington. Dept. of Business Administration.