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This is a session of Topic 3: Education and development of staff who teach statistics

(Thursday 17th, 10:55-12:25)

Statistical instructors’ knowledge of assessing students’ learning of statistics



Assessment is an important component in the teaching and learning of statistics. Assessment approaches that provide informative feedback to both students and instructors are necessary in order to develop statistical reasoning, literacy, and thinking. This session will include presentations by researchers who report on assessment methods that are diagnostic in nature, such that they provide information on the nature of students’ understanding and misunderstanding of important statistical concepts, aspects of statistical reasoning that are productive or deficient, or the nature of their statistical thinking. Assessments may be formal instruments developed and tested with students, and whose psychometric qualities have been examined. Or, assessments may be more qualitative in nature, such as open-ended questions or probes that are analyzed using scoring rubrics, or other qualitative methods.


PaperTitlePresenter / Co-author(s)
3C1Trends in students’ conceptual understanding of statisticsRobert C delMas (United States)
3C2Discerning students’ statistical thinking: a researcher’s perspectiveJames Baglin (Australia)
3C3The LOCUS assessment at the college level: conceptual understanding in introductory statisticsDouglas Whitaker (United States)
Catherine Case (United States)
Steve Foti (United States)
Tim Jacobbe (United States)