Computer-Aided Statistics Education at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece

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This article reports on the results of an experiment designed to study the effectiveness of the use of a statistical analysis software package in an introductory statistics class. The experiment was conducted during the academic year 2005-2006 and was supported by an Andrew Mellon Foundation grant. During registration students decided whether to attend the regular class or the computer use class. Both groups filled out questionnaires at the beginning and end of the semester. During the semester, the computer use group had access to and instruction in the use of Minitab. The instruction was tied to homework and laboratory assignments for the course. This article presents results of this experiment. On the basis of the responses to the questionnaires, the value of a statistical computing package as a tool assisting the instruction of introductory statistics is examined. Recommendations for the use of statistical computing package in an introductory statistics course are made.


Keywords: Computer Aided, Statistics in Education
Stream: Human Technologies and Usability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Computer-Aided Statistics Education at the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece


Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Lecturer, Department of Preeschool Education, University of West Macedonia
Florina, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a Master degree in Mathematics Education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in Multidimetional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently a Lecturer of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart form Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published several papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.

Dr. Evantia-Adroniki Kouvatsi

American College of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, Mecedonia, Greece


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