10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C104

In session C9A  (Thursday 12th, 11:00-12:30,   Level 3 - Conference Room B)

Cognitive transfer assessment in post-secondary statistics


Matthew Beckman (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Robert delMas (University of Minnesota, USA)


Matthew Beckman (United States)


This mixed-methods study describes learning outcomes related to cognitive transfer among post-secondary students upon completion of a first course in statistics and makes a case for emphasis of such outcomes as part of the curriculum. A new assessment tool called the Introductory Statistics Understanding and Discernment Outcomes (ISTUDIO) assessment tool was developed and administered to nearly 2000 students attending a wide variety of post-secondary institutions primarily in the United States. Students were observed to demonstrate measurable evidence of both forward-reaching and backward-reaching transfer outcomes. Unexpected response patterns revealed by the analysis of constructed response tasks are presented. Implications for teaching and research are discussed with attention toward both simulation-based and non-simulation-based introductory statistics curricula.

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