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

Contributed Paper C124

In session C7C  (Wednesday 11th, 9:30-10:30,   Level 2 - Seminar Room 3)

The use of a story-based task to explore sampling distributions


Collette Lemieux (Canada)


This study, framed in a narrative learning perspective, investigated how an innovative story-based task facilitated students’ understanding of sampling distributions. The story was situated in a real-world context about quality control in manufacturing. Students were required to write dialogue for the characters in the story to explain key concepts of the sampling distributions. The thirteen participants were enrolled in a post-secondary introductory business statistics course. Data, consisting of students’ written responses to the story-based task, were analyzed qualitatively. Results suggest that the story approach was effective in helping the participants to develop conceptual understanding of the key concepts of the sampling distribution and how these concepts were meaningful to the real-world story context.

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