Cognitive transfer outcomes for a simulationbased introductory statistics curriculum

Matthew D. Beckman, Robert C. Delmas, Joan Garfield

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Cognitive transfer is the ability to apply learned skills and knowledge to new applications and contexts. This investigation evaluates cognitive transfer outcomes for a tertiary-level introductory statistics course using the CATALST curriculum, which exclusively used simulation-based methods to develop foundations of statistical inference. A common assessment instrument administered at the end of each course measured learning outcomes for students. CATALST students showed evidence of both near and far transfer outcomes while scoring as high, or higher than, on the assessed learning objectives when compared with peers enrolled in similar courses that emphasized parametric inferential methods (e.g., the t-test).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-440
Number of pages22
JournalStatistics Education Research Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Education


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