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ERIC Number: ED442820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 32
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Understanding Students' Statistical Thinking: An Error Analysis Approach.
Nasser, Fadia
This exploratory study examined errors that students commit in solving multiple-choice questions about descriptive statistics and basic concepts in research methods. The sample consisted of 81 undergraduate students in an introductory statistics course. The majority (85%) of the participants were female students enrolled in education, sociology, psychology, and arts programs at a major university in Israel. The results indicate that the most frequently detected errors were confusing concepts, misinterpreting descriptive information, applying inappropriate procedures, and applying partial information. Analyses reveal that potential sources of students' errors include assimilation of statistical concepts into inappropriate schema, failure to use knowledge sources, and lack of ability to relate and combine knowledge from different sources. Suggestions for further research are also provided. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 22 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel