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Activity Number: 414
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #320703 View Presentation
Title: Traditional vs. Simulation-Based: Curricula Comparison in a Small-Scale Educational Experiment
Author(s): Karsten Maurer* and Dennis Lock
Companies: Miami University and Miami Dolphins
Keywords: simulation-based learning ; experimental design ; curriculum assessment

Conducting inference is a cornerstone upon which the practice of statistics is based. As such, a large portion of most introductory statistics courses is focused on teaching the fundamentals of statistical inference. The goal of this study is to make a formal comparison of learning outcomes under the traditional and simulation-based inference curricula. A randomized experiment was conducted to administer the two curricula to students in an introductory statistics course. Students of the simulation-based curriculum were found to have improved learning outcomes on topics in statistical inference; however, a clear violation of between student independence due to group administration of curriculum treatments casts doubt on the statistical significance of these results. A simulation study is used to demonstrate the volatility of Type I error rates in educational studies where classroom level covariance structures exist but comparisons are made on the student level; a commonly overlooked issue in small scale educational studies.

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