Papers & Workshops



Effective Strategy To Enhance the Teaching of Statistics


Assoc. Prof. Abu Kamariah Bakar and Dr. Rohani Ahmad Tarmizi

Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia

This study explored the use of concept mapping to structure concepts learnt in a statistics course using a technique developed by the researcher. Having learnt the technique, two groups of students (N=112) undergoing the Bachelor of Education programme were asked to form concept maps of topics covered in descriptive as well as inferential statistics after each topic was discussed. Students submitted their concept maps after the descriptive statistics was covered (mid-way during the semester) and at the end of the semester after the coverage of the inferential statistics topics. No drastic mis-takes were found. They were also given a short questionnaire. Students showed enthusiasm for using concept mapping as a tool not only to learn descriptive statistics but also to learn inferential statistics. They also gave strong indications of their likelihood of using concept mapping in other courses to be taken and later in their teaching profession upon graduation.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Data projector and Laptop, Data Projector, Powerpoint