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ERIC Number: EJ1077240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
The T(ea) Test: Scripted Stories Increase Statistical Method Selection Skills
Hackathorn, Jana; Ashdown, Brien
Journal of Effective Teaching, v15 n2 p20-29 2015
To teach statistics, teachers must attempt to overcome pedagogical obstacles, such as dread, anxiety, and boredom. There are many options available to teachers that facilitate a pedagogically conducive environment in the classroom. The current study examined the effectiveness of incorporating scripted stories and humor into statistical method selection skills. Over two semesters, students were taught various concepts either through traditional lecture, humor, or through the use of scripted fictional stories. The overall results indicate selection skills were higher for statistical concepts that were taught using stories. This suggests that statistics instructors should consider using scripted stories to improve students' ability to select the appropriate statistical technique for a given situation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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