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

Contributed Paper C104


Cognitive transfer outcomes in post-secondary statistics


Matthew Beckman (USA)
Robert delMas (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 an 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 high road transfer outcomes. Unexpected response patterns revealed by the analysis of constructed response tasks will be presented. Implications for teaching and research will be discussed with attention toward both simulation-based and non-simulation-based introductory statistics curricula.