Understanding and applying statistical concepts is essential in modern life. However, common statistical misconceptions limit the ability of students to understand statistical concepts. Although simulation-based computer assisted learning (CAL) is promising for use in students learning statistics, substantial improvement is still needed. For example, few simulation-based CALs have been developed to address statistical misconceptions, most of the studies about simulation-based CAL for statistics learning lacked theoretical backgrounds, and design principles for enhancing the effectiveness of dynamically linked multiple representations (DLMRs), which is the main mechanism of simulation-based CAL, are needed. Therefore, this work develops a simulation-based CAL prototype, Simulation Assisted Learning Statistics (SALS), to correct misconceptions about the statistical concept of correlation. The proposed SALS has two novel elements. One is the use of the design principles based on cognitive load and the other is application of the learning model based on cognitive conflict theory. Further, a formative evaluation is conducted by using a case study to explore the effects and limitations of SALS. Evaluation results indicate that despite the need for further improvement, SALS is effective for correcting statistical misconceptions. Finally, recommendations for future research are proposed.
|頁（從 - 到）||180-192|
|期刊||Educational Technology and Society|
|出版狀態||已發佈 - 2010 四月 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science