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

Contributed Paper C302


Can a three-day intensive statistics boot camp increase graduate students' core knowledge and self-efficacy?


Brian Leventhal (U.S.A.)
S. Jeanne Horst (U.S.A.)
Derek Sauder (U.S.A.)
Karen Ford (U.S.A.)


Brian Leventhal (United States)


Given our experience with graduate students’ unpreparedness for their intermediate statistics course, we developed an intense three-day statistics refresher “boot camp,” a type of bridge course. In this study we explored the impact of the boot camp on students’ introductory statistics knowledge and self-efficacy towards introductory statistics concepts knowledge. Boot camp participants experienced an average increase of 10% in statistics knowledge and 18% in self-efficacy scores. After enrolling in their intermediate graduate statistics course, boot camp participants were found to have higher statistical knowledge and self-efficacy scores compared to their non-boot camp classmates.