Section 6: Assessment

Abstract ~

In an effort to align evaluation with new instructional goals, authentic assessment techniques [2, 5, 11] have recently been introduced in introductory statistics courses at the University of the Pacific. Such techniques include computer lab exercises, term projects with presentations and peer reviews, take-home final exam questions, and student journals. In this article, I discuss the University of the Pacific's goals and experiences with these techniques, along with strategies for more effective implementation.

Web Resources ~

Fillebrown, S., "Using Projects in an Elementary Statistics Course for Non-Science Majors," Journal of Statistics Education, 2(1), 1994.

Gal, I. and L. Ginsburg, "The Role of Beliefs and Attitudes in Learning Statistics: Towards an Assessment Framework, " Journal of Statistics Education, 2(2), 1994.

-----, "Beyond Testing and Grading: Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning," Journal of Statistics Education, 2(1), 1994.

Mackisack, M., "What is the Use of Experiments Conducted by Statistics Students?" Journal of Statistics Education, 2(1), 1994.


Author Contact ~

Beth Chance
College of Science and Mathematics
Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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