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This is a session of Topic 7: Technology in Statistics education             Full topic list

(Tuesday 4th, 10:30-12:30)

General purpose statistical tools for students



In statistics education, different general purpose tools are used: adaptable tools such as CAS and spreadsheets with specifically designed worksheets, application software such as SPSS, adaptable tools such as Minitab, R, and Splus and general purpose statistical tools that are particularly designed for students, such as Fathom and Tinkerplots, to name two original recent ones.

Research and development papers and empirical studies about evaluating the pedagogical use of such tools in statistics courses or the use of tools by students in problem solving situations will be presented in this session. Theoretical papers reflecting on the pedagogical use and design of tools as well as on the pedagogical potential and limitations of various tools will also be included. There will be an emphasis on the use of adaptable tools and on the use of tools designed for students.


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
7C1Students’ probabilistic simulation and modeling competence after a computer-intensive elementary course in statistics and probabilityCarmen Maxara (Germany)
Rolf Biehler (Germany)
7C2Dynamic, interactive documents for teaching statistical practiceDeborah Nolan (United States)
Duncan Temple Lang
7C3Meanings’ construction about sampling distributions in a dynamic statistics environmentErnesto Sánchez (Mexico)
Santiago Inzunza (Mexico)