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ERIC Number: EJ903668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-8756-7555
Introduction of a Journal Excerpt Activity Improves Undergraduate Students' Performance in Statistics
Rabin, Laura A.; Nutter-Upham, Katherine E.
College Teaching, v58 n4 p156-160 2010
We describe an active learning exercise intended to improve undergraduate students' understanding of statistics by grounding complex concepts within a meaningful, applied context. Students in a journal excerpt activity class read brief excerpts of statistical reporting from published research articles, answered factual and interpretive questions, and discussed their responses with the instructor and peers. Students in this journal excerpt activity class outperformed students in a demographically equivalent standard class on exams. We discuss the potential benefits of this activity in terms of highlighting the connection between statistical concepts and real-world applications, fostering engagement with the material, and improving student performance. We also make suggestions for adapting this activity to other courses and disciplines. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A