2017 Summer Statistics Refresher Boot Camp
In the fall of 2016, 4-VA awarded Dr. Jeanne Horst $4,754.63 to collaborate with Dr. Karen Ford, Dr. Brian Leventhal and Derek Sauder on a grant called Increasing Stats Efficacy through Summer Stats Refresher Boot Camp. The team designed a pilot class with the potential of developing it into a shared course.
Offered in August of 2017, the boot camp was a zero-credit, three-day course designed to help students review basic statistical concepts prior to attending their required intermediate statistics courses. Thirty-four students attended the course from programs in the Department of Graduate Psychology, the School of Strategic Leadership Studies Ph.D. program, and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Ph.D. program. Several JMU faculty and staff members also participated and throughout the course, students engaged in discussion-based lectures and hands-on activities.
Students’ statistics knowledge, statistics self-efficacy, and statistics mindset were assessed in a pre-post design to determine the effectiveness of the boot camp. On average, students’ statistics knowledge increased 2.35 points (out of 25) from pre- to post-test. Additionally, this was paired with a large increase in self-efficacy equal to roughly a one-point increase from pre- to post-test (1-6 scale.) There was no change in pre- to post-test mindset scores and the course evaluation feedback was overwhelmingly positive.