An evaluation of computer-based interactive simulations in the assessment of statistical concepts

File Size Format
79095_1.pdf 681Kb Adobe PDF View
Title An evaluation of computer-based interactive simulations in the assessment of statistical concepts
Author Neumann, David Lester; Hood, Michelle Heather; Neumann, Michelle Margaret
Journal Name International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Research Information Ltd.
Abstract In a previous report, Neumann (2010) described the use of interactive computer-based simulations in the assessment of statistical concepts. This assessment approach combined declarative knowledge of statistics with experiences in interacting with computer-based simulations. The aim of the present study was to conduct a systematic evaluation of the approach. A stratified random sample of students (n = 38) was selected and participated in an interview to provide qualitative data that was coded into themes. The students reported that the assessment approach improved their understanding of statistics and its practical application, gave them a way to practice statistics, motivated them to complete it, was interesting and engaging, and gave a visual aid to learning. Students also commented on the immediate feedback, the unique nature of the assessment, and the technological requirements involved. The results suggest that the use of computer-based interactive simulations in assessment can be a positive addition to assessment practices in a university statistics course.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/research/mathematics_education/field%20of%20work/ijtme/volume_19/number_one.htm#two
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Research Information Limited. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 19
Issue Number 1
Page from 17
Page to 24
ISSN 1744-2710
Date Accessioned 2012-07-03
Date Available 2013-06-03T05:11:07Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Educational Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47308
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

Show simple item record

Griffith University copyright notice