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Title: Students' misconceptions of statistical inference: A review of the empirical evidence from research on statistics education
Authors: Castro Sotos, Ana Elisa ×
Vanhoof, Stijn
Van Den Noortgate, Wim
Onghena, Patrick #
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Series Title: Educational Research Review vol:2 pages:98-113
Abstract: A solid understanding of inferential statistics is of major importance for designing and interpreting empirical results in any
scientific discipline. However, students are prone to many misconceptions regarding this topic. This article structurally summarizes
and describes these misconceptions by presenting a systematic review of publications that provide empirical evidence of them. This
group of publications was found to be dispersed over a wide range of specialized journals and proceedings, and the methodology
used in the empirical studies was very diverse. Three research needs rise from this review: (1) further empirical studies that identify
the sources and possible solutions for misconceptions in order to complement the abundant theoretical and statistical discussion
about them; (2) new insights into effective research designs and methodologies to perform this type of research; and (3) structured
and systematic summaries of findings like the one presented here, concerning misconceptions in other areas of statistics, that might
be of interest both for educational researchers and teachers of statistics.
ISSN: 1747-938X
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Methodology of Educational Sciences
× corresponding author
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