This article reports on the results of an experiment designed to study the effectiveness of the use of a statistical analysis software package in an introductory statistics class. The experiment was conducted during the academic year 2005-2006 and was supported by an Andrew Mellon Foundation grant. During registration students decided whether to attend the regular class or the computer use class. Both groups filled out questionnaires at the beginning and end of the semester. During the semester, the computer use group had access to and instruction in the use of Minitab. The instruction was tied to homework and laboratory assignments for the course. This article presents results of this experiment. On the basis of the responses to the questionnaires, the value of a statistical computing package as a tool assisting the instruction of introductory statistics is examined. Recommendations for the use of statistical computing package in an introductory statistics course are made.
|Keywords:||Computer Aided, Statistics in Education|
Lecturer, Department of Preeschool Education, University of West Macedonia, Florina, Greece
American College of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Mecedonia, Greece
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