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

Contributed Paper C254

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A tool for students’ reflection on collaborative learning practices in the statistics discipline


Tlhalitshi Volition Montshiwa (North West University, South Africa)
Martin Chanza (North West University, South Africa)


Tlhalitshi Volition Montshiwa (South Africa)


Collaborative learning is gaining popularity in the statistics discipline and it has been proven to be more effective than the traditional lecturing method. The effectiveness of collaborative learning is often determined based on the students’ performance, but often neglecting the perception of students towards this learning strategy. A tool for measuring statistics students’ perceptions on collaborative learning will assist lecturers in reflecting on this teaching approach.

This study was set to develop a tool for measuring the students’ perceptions on collaborative learning. A comprehensive review of literature on data collection tools yielded a proposed questionnaire with 12 themes and 57 items. The questionnaire was administered to 200 undergraduate statistics students. Cronbach’s Alpha indicated that the questionnaire was reliable and Confirmatory Factor Analysis suggested 11 constructs.