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

Contributed Paper C119

In session C7B  (Wednesday 11th, 9:30–10:30,   Level 1E - Room 6)

Dunning-Kruger effect for students taking statistics courses


Carl Lee (Central Michigan University, USA)
Aklilu Zeleke (Michigan State University, USA)


Carl Lee (United States)


Dunning-Kruger (D-K) effect refers to “low-performing people tend to overestimate their performance to a much greater extent than high-performing people underestimate their performance”. Many studies have revealed similar as well as different, and even reverse results depending on culture and task. In this paper, we examine the D-K effect for students taking statistics courses at Michigan State University. An attitude survey, an assessment instrument and questions related to the D-K effect were administered in statistics classes. The D-K effect are investigated and compared between different genders and different learning styles.