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ERIC Number: EJ1015678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1570-1824
Exploring the Role of Context in Students' Understanding of Sampling
Wroughton, Jacqueline R.; McGowan, Herle M.; Weiss, Leigh V.; Cope, Tara M.
Statistics Education Research Journal, v12 n2 p32-58 Nov 2013
Context provides meaning for data analysis and the evaluation of evidence but may be distracting to students. This research explores the role of context in students' reasoning about sampling: specifically, the relationship between the strength of students' opinions about a topic, which provides the context for a study, and their ability to judge the quality of the sampling method and the scope of the conclusions in the study. Data were collected at four diverse institutions in both a testing environment and through individual interviews. Student responses were analyzed using a grounded theory approach. Testing environment results showed little evidence of the use of context whereas interview results showed more evidence of reliance on context-based opinions rather than statistical principles. (Contains 14 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; New York; North Carolina; Ohio
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