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Statistics forms the backbone of many undergraduate and graduate courses in education and psychology, however, many students find it difficult to master. Information technology can help these students' difficulties with statistics in two ways: it can be used to reduce the drudgery associated with large amounts of calculation; and it can be used to support the teaching of basic concepts in statistics in a more illuminating and motivating way. This paper looks at two different programs and illustrates how the use of particular computer-based activities contributed to students' understanding of statistical concepts. The paper looks at findings from evaluation studies of the systems Link (Morris, 1997) and ActivStats (Morris & Scanlon, 1999). Link is an application designed to address students' difficulties concerning the topic of correlation, and ActivStats is a multimedia learning resource for teaching statistics across a range of disciplines. Each of the cases highlights a particular feature of the program design which is likely to influence students' learning of statistics. (Contains 16 references.) (AEF)

Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer System Design, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Technology, Instructional Effectiveness, Psychology, Statistics











Author: Scanlon, Eileen; Morris, Erica

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7382&id=ED443408



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