Date of Award

Fall 2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

STEM Education & Professional Studies

Committee Director

John M. Ritz

Committee Member

Petros Katsioloudis

Committee Member

Mary C. Enderson

Abstract

This research sought to determine if the use of a guided project-based learning instructional approach improved students’ attitudes and academic performance in a college-level introductory statistics course at a community college. It also sought to determine if the guided project-based approach improved attitudes and academic performance more than a traditional lecture-based instructional approach. The research used a quasi-experimental Pre-test, Post-test approach. The independent variable was either the use of a guided project-based learning instructional approach or the use of a traditional lecture-based instructional approach. The dependent variables were student attitudes and final course grades. Students’ attitudes were measured using the six components of the Survey of Attitudes Toward Statistics (SATS-36). The statistical analysis was conducted using a Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) followed by an Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Significant differences were found in each analysis. Guided project-based learning was shown to improve the components of affect and value in students’ attitude toward statistics and academic performance. Students in the guided project-based instructional group (N = 83) performed better academically than students in the traditional lecture-based group (N = 58).

DOI

10.25777/9g35-yy29

ISBN

9781369536959

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