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Statistics instructors’ beliefs and misconceptions about p-values
conference contributionposted on 2023-05-23, 12:19 authored by Robyn ReaburnRobyn Reaburn
It is well known that students of inferential statistics find the hypothetical, probabilistic reasoning used in hypothesis tests difficult to understand. Consequently, they will also have difficulties in understanding p-values. It is not unusual for these students to hold misconceptions about p-values that are difficult to remove. In this study, 19 Australian tertiary statistics educators were surveyed about their beliefs about p-values, and it was found that some of these instructors held misconceptions about the nature of p-values. These findings suggest that professional learning of statistics instructors is urgently required so that instructors may have their beliefs challenged and corrected.
Publication titleProceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsA Downton, S Livy, J Hall
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
PublisherThe Mathematics Education Research group of Australasia Inc.
Place of publicationAdelaide, Australia
Event title40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Event VenueMelbourne, Australia
Date of Event (Start Date)2017-07-02
Date of Event (End Date)2017-07-06
Rights statementCopyright 2017 MERGA