Retention of knowledge between statistics courses: results of a pilot study

Alice Richardson

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This paper reports on a pilot study of knowledge retention from the first to subsequent statistics courses . The first aim of the study was to assess the ability of a Statistics Concept Inventory (SCI) to measure the statistical knowledge of students after their first Statistics course. The second aim was to use the Inventory to assess students’ retention of material from an introductory Statistics course in to a subsequent statistics course . The usefulness of the SCI was partially supported, as many questions were better answered by the more able students. Retention was found to vary across the topics in the SCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third Annual ASEARC Research Conference
EditorsDavid Allingham
Place of PublicationAustralia
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780980603484
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event3rd Annual ASEARC Research Conference - Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 7 Dec 20098 Dec 2009


Conference3rd Annual ASEARC Research Conference


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