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Activity Number: 125 - SPEED: Modernization of What, How, and Where We Teach Statistics Part 1
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #306721
Title: Digital Metaphors: a Tool to Provide Insights into Introductory Statistics Students’ Motivation and Success
Author(s): Ginger Holmes Rowell* and Ameneh Kassaee
Companies: Middle Tennessee State University and Middle Tennessee State University
Keywords: motivation; statistics education; introductory statistics; math anxiety; learning; digital metaphor

Research has shown that students’ motivation to learn is essential and plays a key role in achieving success in college. This presentation describes a tool called Digital Metaphors, which use images and words in response to a given statement, and a process to use it in an introductory statistics course to improve understanding of students’ motivation, anxieties, and self-determination. Examples of Digital Metaphors written by students will be presented to provide insights into students’ views of being an introductory statistics student and how that view can affect their learning and therefore their success in the course. Using Digital Metaphors can provide benefits to both teachers and students. They can also be used in courses other than introductory statistics. This presentation shares lessons learned from using student Digital Metaphors to help improve motivation and learning of introductory statistics.

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