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ERIC Number: EJ1215437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-7503
Toward an Understanding of P-Values: Simulation-Based Inference in a Traditional Statistics Course
Case, Catherine; Battles, Melanie; Jacobbe, Tim
Investigations in Mathematics Learning, v11 n3 p195-206 2019
The study presented in this article examined the impact of two simulation-based inference activities on students' understanding of p-values in a second undergraduate statistics course. In the study, students familiar with traditional inference methods used physical and computer simulations to estimate p-values. To examine students' conceptions before and after participation, students were prompted to write brief explanations of p-values, to apply these explanations in different contexts, and to self-evaluate their understanding. This article describes students' varying conceptions of p-values and the ways in which students demonstrated improvement after engaging in simulation-based inference activities. Qualitative analysis of student responses suggests that students hold a range of conceptions of p-values even after a full semester of instruction; further, this study suggests that incorporating simulation-based inference into traditional courses has the potential to improve understanding of p-values and is a promising area for future research.
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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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