Factors contributing to making the learning of statistics an enjoyable experience

Nooriafshar, Mehryar (2003) Factors contributing to making the learning of statistics an enjoyable experience. International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning (May 14). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1473 - 0111

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The findings of the study reported in this paper are based on an investigation into more effective methods of teaching and learning statistics. This investigation was a part of a formal research project funded by the Faculty of Business, University of Southern Queensland.
The study was conducted by surveying year-12 students of ten High Schools in and around Toowoomba in Queensland. Both public and private schools were included in the study. The sample comprised 133 randomly selected students.
Despite the importance of statistics in tertiary education and professional activities, the majority of the students did not think that they would have any use for or exposure to it in the future. Having someone with a strong mathematics background at home, students’ level of fear of statistics and their mathematical inclination appear to be amongst the main factors which contribute to making statistics an enjoyable subject to learn.
The findings also demonstrated that most High School students have a preference for visual learning with regard to statistics. This finding indicates that learning via multimedia, with interactive animations, appears to be an attractive approach in' new times'.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2010 09:22
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: statistics, education, multimedia, learning style
Fields of Research : 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6697

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