Technologies for assessing and extending statistical learning


Book: 
The assessment challenge in statistics education
Authors: 
Lajoie, S. P.
Editors: 
Gal, I., & Garfield, J. B.
Type: 
Category: 
Pages: 
179-190
Year: 
1997
Publisher: 
IOS Press
Place: 
Amsterdam, Holland
Abstract: 

The chapter does not provide an extensive overview of the use of technology in statistics. Rather, a detailed summary is provided of how one researcher has used technology to teach and assess statistics in grade eight. Both traditonal modes of assessment as well as technology-driven methods will be described in an attempt to demonstrate how multiple mediums of assessment can be used to provide a profile of students' statistical knowledge. The research reported here is grounded in cognitive theory with an emphasis on theories of learning that emphasize learning situations that are concrete rather than abstract. In other words, students learn better by "doing" statistics rather than just computing or reciting statistical equations or definitions. This research program is designed to provide authentic learning and assessment situations (Lajoie, 1995). The term authentic refers to meaningful, realistic tasks and assessments that validly assess what the learner understands.