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ERIC Number: EJ837132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Analogical Instruction in Statistics: Implications for Social Work Educators
Thomas, Leela
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v28 n1-2 p247-271 May 2008
This paper examines the use of analogies in statistics instruction. Much has been written about the difficulty social work students have with statistics. To address this concern, Glisson and Fischer (1987) called for the use of analogies. Understanding of analogical problem solving has surged in the last few decades with the integration of psychology and artificial intelligence. However, the application of analogies has not been examined further in social work literature. This work uses cognitive science to discuss the five steps of analogical problem solving. Implications for statistics instruction in social work are discussed with examples. (Contains 1 note and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A