A Modeling and Simulation Approach to Informal Inference: Successes and Challenges

  • Jennifer NollEmail author
  • Mulugeta Gebresenbet
  • Erin Demorest Glover


The research presented explores various ways in which introductory statistics students used dynamic statistical software to generate models and simulations as tools to support their thinking and to help them answer informal statistical inference questions. Modern computing technology has changed the nature of statistics as a discipline. Introductory statistics courses need to change if they are to keep pace with modern innovations in statistics. This research report focuses on 16 students enrolled in an elementary statistics course. The course implemented CATALST curricula and the extensive use of TinkerPlots™ software in order to investigate students’ successes and challenges as they engaged with the technology as a tool for answering informal statistical inference questions.


Statistics Informal inference Technology Simulation TinkerPlots™ 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Noll
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mulugeta Gebresenbet
    • 2
  • Erin Demorest Glover
    • 1
  1. 1.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Addis Abeba UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia

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