An experimental study comparing strategies of learning how to use statistical software packages in introductory statistics courses

Baglin, J and Da Costa, C 2010, 'An experimental study comparing strategies of learning how to use statistical software packages in introductory statistics courses', in H. MacGillivray and B. Phillips (ed.) Proceedings of the Seventh Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (OZCOTS 2010), Fremantle, Australia, 9-10 December, 2010, pp. 1-6.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title An experimental study comparing strategies of learning how to use statistical software packages in introductory statistics courses
Author(s) Baglin, J
Da Costa, C
Year 2010
Conference name Proceedings of the Seventh Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (OZCOTS 2010)
Conference location Fremantle, Australia
Conference dates 9-10 December, 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Seventh Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (OZCOTS 2010)
Editor(s) H. MacGillivray and B. Phillips
Publisher The Australian and New Zealand Network for Teaching Statistics
Place of publication Australia
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Abstract This paper reports the findings of a preliminary study assessing different strategies of training students in the use of statistical packages. The study compared active/exploratory training, which prompts students to complete tasks with minimal instruction, to guided training, which takes the student step-by-step through completing a task. A total of thirteen participants were randomly allocated to one of the two training strategies and completed a one hour training session. During the session participants rated the perceived difficulty of the training, their statistical package anxiety, and their statistical package self-efficacy. One week following the session, participants also completed an online quiz to measure analogical transfer. The limitations of the study are discussed within the context of the results. Overall, the results of this study suggest no evidence of any differences between the two conditions after one week.
Subjects Statistics not elsewhere classified
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