Teaching the Meaning of Statistical Techniques with Microcomputer Simulation
Students in an introductory statistics course are often preoccupied with learning the computational routines of specific summary statistics and thereby fail to develop an understanding of the meaning of those statistics or their conceptual basis. To help students develop a better understanding of the meaning of three frequently used statistics, this document presents HyperCard programs and a Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet for use by teachers in classroom simulation demonstrations of Pearson's correlation coefficients, t-test of two independent population means, and one-way analysis of variance. The instructional contents and typical computer screen outputs for each demonstration are discussed in association with their respective HyperCard programs, which are included in the appendix. (JJK)
Lee, M.Y. Teaching the Meaning of Statistical Techniques with Microcomputer Simulation.