ERIC Number: ED443408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Design Features in Computer Supported Learning Environments for Teaching Statistics to Psychology Students.
Scanlon, Eileen; Morris, Erica
Statistics forms the backbone of many undergraduate and graduate courses in education and psychology, however, many students find it difficult to master. Information technology can help these students' difficulties with statistics in two ways: it can be used to reduce the drudgery associated with large amounts of calculation; and it can be used to support the teaching of basic concepts in statistics in a more illuminating and motivating way. This paper looks at two different programs and illustrates how the use of particular computer-based activities contributed to students' understanding of statistical concepts. The paper looks at findings from evaluation studies of the systems "Link" (Morris, 1997) and "ActivStats" (Morris & Scanlon, 1999). "Link" is an application designed to address students' difficulties concerning the topic of correlation, and "ActivStats" is a multimedia learning resource for teaching statistics across a range of disciplines. Each of the cases highlights a particular feature of the program design which is likely to influence students' learning of statistics. (Contains 16 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).