Title

“Dealing” With the Central Limit Theorem

SMC Author

Emily Hause

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Status

Faculty

School

School of Science

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

Teaching of Psychology

Description/Abstract

We describe an easy-to-employ, hands-on demonstration using playing cards to illustrate the central limit theorem. This activity allows students to see how a collection of sample means drawn from a nonnormally distributed population will be normally distributed. Students who took part in the demonstration reported it to be helpful in understanding the theorem, enjoyable, and worthwhile. An analysis of open-ended exam questions indicated that students who participated in this demonstration possessed greater understanding of the central limit theorem than those who participated in an alternate demonstration and those who witnessed a standard presentation on the central limit theorem that included no demonstration.

Scholarly

yes

DOI

10.1080/00986280802186201

Volume

35

Issue

3

First Page

198

Last Page

200

Disciplines

Psychology

Original Citation

Matz, David & Hause, Emily. (2008). “Dealing" with the Central Limit Theorem. Teaching of Psychology, 35 (3), 198-200.

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