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ERIC Number: ED408525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Developing and Assessing Students' Abilities To Interpret Research.
Forsyth, G. Alfred; And Others
A recent conference on statistics education recommended that more emphasis be placed on the interpretation of research (IOR). Ways for developing and assessing IOR and providing a systematic framework for creating and selecting instructional materials for the independent assessment of specific IOR concepts are the focus of this paper. The recommended assessment procedure to evaluate IOR abilities consists both of vignettes (research-report summaries) and questions designed to assess the students' interpretations of those vignettes. Vignettes could be selected to systematically vary on different features, such as random sampling as opposed to using an available group of subjects. A systematic framework is introduced here, consisting of 4 features, that can be used to write sets of vignettes for each cell of a 16-cell taxonomy. The features are: (1) random assignment versus classificatory independent variable; (2) a dependent variable that is either life-experience meaningful or not; (3) results that are counter to popular beliefs or for which there is no clear expectation of outcome; and (4) the independent variable having levels that are quantitatively different versus the independent variable not having an underlying continuum. A booklet containing a sample vignette for each cell of the taxonomy is appended. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A