Despite the critical role they play in the development of professional competence, quantitative research methods are an area of weakness for many students. Students are particularly known to struggle with the ability to select appropriate statistical tests or procedures for different types of data, research questions and hypotheses. Decision trees can aid such statistical decision making, but extant trees have limitations. Mobile learning technologies open up many new possibilities.
The primary deliverables for this project are:
- StatHand: An evidence-based iOS application designed to support statistical decision making, available FREE for either iPad or iPhone from the iTunes App Store.
- A companion website that mirrors the functionality of the mobile application, formatted for use on all devices ranging from desktop PCs to smart phones.
- Publications and presentations documenting the theoretical basis, development, features and evaluation of the StatHand. An overview of this work is available at StatHand.net/publications/
StatHand is a cross-institutional collaboration, with team members at four Australian universities.
- Dr. Peter Allen (Project Leader), School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol. (Formerly: School of Psychology, Curtin University.)
- Dr. Frank Baughman, School of Psychology, Curtin University.
- Associate Professor Lynne Roberts, School of Psychology, Curtin University.
- Dr. Dirk van Rooy, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University.
- Dr. Adam Rock, School of Psychology, University of New England.
- Dr. Natalie Loxton, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University.
iOS application and web development was done by recent Software Engineering graduates from Curtin University:
- Mortaza Rezae.
- Xavier Begue.
- Ivan Dwiputera.
Finally, the following research assistants and students have also played an instrumental role in the development of StatHand:
- Amanda Lourenco, School of Psychology, Curtin University.
- James Finlay, School of Psychology, Curtin University.
- Hannah Uren, School of Psychology, Curtin University.
- Andrew Johnson, School of Psychology, Curtin University.
Allen, P., Roberts, L., Baughman, F., van Rooy, D., Rock, A., & Loxton, N. (2019). StatHand [computer software]. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Retrieved from https://www.stathand.net/
Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.