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Simple approaches to assessing underlying understanding of statistical concepts


Book: 
The assessment challenge in statistics education
Authors: 
Kelly, A. E., Sloane, F., & Whittaker, A.
Editors: 
Gal, I., & Garfield, J. B.
Type: 
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Pages: 
85-90
Year: 
1997
Publisher: 
IOS Press
Place: 
Amsterdam, Holland
Abstract: 

Statistics should be introduced with clear linkages to the mathematics that students already understand and within contexts that students find meaningful. Otherwise, students may learn statistics in rote fashion or apply statistics in a merely instrumental fashion and draw erroneous conclusions from data. In this chapter we present two examples of the use of simple assessment techniques that uncovered students' poor understanding of statistical concepts.

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