ERIC Number: ED261087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Microcomputer Support in Basic Statistics Instruction.
Schafer, William D; Johnson, Charles E.
This paper presents examples of effective uses of microcomputers to support basic statistics instruction. All programs are written in Applesoft BASIC for Apple II Plus microcomputers and compatible equipment. They have been field tested in statistics courses at the University of Maryland. Microcomputers can be used with color monitors for classroom demonstrations in conjunction with a lecture format for data presentation and to illustrate scatter diagrams, normal areas, binomial distribution and sampling from a beta population.A menu driven data handling and processing software program is used by students outside of class to provide practice in making data analysis decisions as well as an understanding of what users need to supply for storing, editing and processing data by computer. Computer-administered individualized diagnostic review testing provides performance feedback to students and performance data to instructors on optional quizzes as practice for required pencil and paper course quizzes and exams. Appendices contain listings for the scatter design, normal areas, and binomial programs, plus course assignments using the statistics package. (BS)
Descriptors: Adaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Courseware, Higher Education, Microcomputers, Statistics, Student Evaluation
William Shafer and Charles Johnson, Department of Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation, College of Education, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (Statistics Disk copies of software packages, $10.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Computer Programs; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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