id: 06649336
dt: j
an: 2016f.00641
au: Crissinger, Bryan R.
ti: The effect of distributed practice in undergraduate statistics homework
sets: a randomized trial.
so: J. Stat. Educ. 23, No. 3, 22 p., electronic only (2015).
py: 2015
pu: Taylor \& Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire; American Statistical Association
(ASA), Alexandria, VA
la: EN
cc: D45 K15
ut: stochastics; statistics; university teaching; business statistics;
introduction to statistical methods; teaching methods; assessments;
massed practice homework; distributed practice homework; review
problems; new problems; educational research
ci:
li: http://ww2.amstat.org/publications/jse/v23n3/crissinger.pdf
ab: Summary: Most homework sets in statistics courses are constructed so that
students concentrate or â€śmass" their practice on a certain topic in
one problem set. Distributed practice homework sets include review
problems in each set so that practice on a topic is distributed across
problem sets. There is a body of research that points to the efficacy
of distributed practice for developing a variety of skills from word
recall to surgical techniques. A trial was conducted in several
sections of a business statistics course where students were randomly
assigned to either have massed practice homework sets or distributed
practice homework sets. The two groups were then compared on the course
assessments. The results show some evidence for the efficacy of
distributed practice homework sets, although this effect may be
modified significantly by the instructor or by a Hawthorne effect.
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