ERIC Number: EJ1063246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
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Proving the Usefulness of Demonstrations: Using M&M's to Develop Attribute Control Charts
Fish, Lynn A.; Braunscheidel, Michael J.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v10 n2 p263-270 Apr 2012
Experiential-based mini-demonstrations are useful to facilitate student learning on a wide variety of topics. The purpose of this teaching brief is two-fold: (1) it outlines a useful mini-demonstration to teach attribute control charting when the sample size is unknown, and (2) adds additional proof that experiential methods positively impact upon student learning. The goal of this mini-demonstration is to assist undergraduate and graduate students to develop their hands-on statistical quality control charting and quality management concepts. By using this mini-demonstration in one operations management class and not another, students that participated in this mini-demonstration performed significantly better (p = 0.05) than their counterparts in testing. The mini-demonstration may be extended to include computer integration, used in small or large class sizes, and provides an efficient, effective use of classroom time to develop concepts.
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Charts, Sample Size, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Statistics, Quality Control, College Students
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