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Statistics instructors’ beliefs and misconceptions about p-values

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Reaburn, R ORCID: 0000-0002-4235-7732 2017 , 'Statistics instructors’ beliefs and misconceptions about p-values', in A Downton and S Livy and J Hall (eds.), Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia , The Mathematics Education Research group of Australasia Inc., Adelaide, Australia, pp. 428-433 .

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Abstract

It is well known that students of inferential statistics find the hypothetical, probabilisticreasoning used in hypothesis tests difficult to understand. Consequently, they will also havedifficulties in understanding p-values. It is not unusual for these students to holdmisconceptions about p-values that are difficult to remove. In this study, 19 Australiantertiary statistics educators were surveyed about their beliefs about p-values, and it wasfound that some of these instructors held misconceptions about the nature of p-values.These findings suggest that professional learning of statistics instructors is urgentlyrequired so that instructors may have their beliefs challenged and corrected.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Reaburn, R
Keywords: p-values, misconceptions, instructors
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Publisher: The Mathematics Education Research group of Australasia Inc.
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