ERIC Number: ED474052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Simulation Activities To Improve Students' Statistical Reasoning.
Chance, Beth; Garfield, Joan; delMas, Robert
This paper describes a collaborative classroom-based research project at two American universities. Our research goal has been to investigate how technology can best help students understand, integrate, and apply fundamental statistical concepts, such as sampling distributions. We describe the three-year evolution of the software, activities, and assessment instruments we used to measure the impact of technology on students' conceptual understanding and to investigate effective implementation of such technologies. Key findings include the need to establish cognitive dissonance with student predictions. We hope our study serves as a model of classroom-based research for investigating the impact of technology on student learning. (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Higher Education, Innovation, Mathematics Education, Statistics, Teaching Methods
Aukland University of Technology, PB 92006, Auckland, NZ. Tel: 64-9-907-999 X 8405; Fax: 64-9-307-9973; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or University of Auckland PB 92019, Auckland, NZ. Tel: 64-9-373-7599 X 5886; Fax: 64-9-373-7457; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A