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

Contributed Paper C104


Cognitive transfer assessment 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 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.