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ERIC Number: EJ1162401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1570-1824
Cognitive Transfer Outcomes for a Simulation-Based Introductory Statistics Curriculum
Backman, Matthew D.; Delmas, Robert C.; Garfield, Joan
Statistics Education Research Journal, v16 n2 p419-440 Nov 2017
Cognitive transfer is the ability to apply learned skills and knowledge to new applications and contexts. This investigation evaluates cognitive transfer outcomes for a tertiary-level introductory statistics course using the CATALST curriculum, which exclusively used simulation-based methods to develop foundations of statistical inference. A common assessment instrument administered at the end of each course measured learning outcomes for students. CATALST students showed evidence of both near and far transfer outcomes while scoring as high, or higher than, on the assessed learning objectives when compared with peers enrolled in similar courses that emphasized parametric inferential methods (e.g., the t-test).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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