Common Student Difficulties:

An objective of our project is the determination of specific areas of our undergraduate curriculum where students commonly have problems and misconceptions. This information will inform ways in which student thinking can be channelled into more “expert—like” patterns. Ideally, common and persistent misconceptions can be categorized and teaching methods devised directly to address these difficulties. Work is on-going on this goal via

  • a review of student work, including particular questions on past exams,
  • observing students working together in groups during “workshops” offered,
  • discussions with previous instructors and TAs,
  • student contributions to on-line forum, and
  • conducting structured interviews with past STAT 200 students.