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Comparison of Learning Outcomes for Simulation-Based and Traditional Curricula for Statistical Inference in a Designed Educational Experiment
17 February 2015 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
201 Thomas Bldg.
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Conducting inference is a cornerstone upon which the practice of statistics is based. As such, a large portion of most introductory statistics courses is focused on teaching the fundamentals of statistical inference. The goal of this study is to make a formal comparison of learning outcomes under the traditional and simulation- based statistical inference curricula. A randomized experiment was conducted to administer the two curricula to students of an introductory statistics course. A multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) model was then used for comparison of curricula. Model assessment included a simulation study to assess the effects of a violation of independence on parameter estimation and Type I error rates. Results indicate that students receiving the simulation-based curriculum have significantly higher learning outcomes for confidence interval related topics.

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