ERIC Number: ED443847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Predicting Acquisition of Learning Outcomes: A Comparison of Traditional and Activity-Based Instruction in an Introductory Statistics Course.
Geske, Jenenne A.; Mickelson, William T.; Bandalos, Deborah L.; Jonson, Jessica; Smith, Russell W.
The bulk of experimental research related to reforms in the teaching of statistics concentrates on the effects of alternative teaching methods on statistics achievement. This study expands on that research by including an examination of the effects of instructor and the interaction between instructor and method on achievement as well as attitudes, classroom environment, and statistics self-efficacy. Data were gathered from 156 students aged 19 to 43 years in an undergraduate introductory statistics course. Two doctoral level graduate student instructors taught these students in four course sections. Results indicate that the anticipated benefits of statistics education reform may be affected by the instructor. Appendixes contain the alternative class course outline, a random rectangles problem, self-efficacy measurement items, and the take-home final examination. (Contains 28 references.) (SLD)
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).