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The Use of Statistical, Computational and Modelling Tools in Higher Learning Institutions: A Case Study of the University of Dodoma

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International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2016
Authors:
Gilbert M. Gilbert
10.5120/ijca2016909974

Gilbert M Gilbert. The Use of Statistical, Computational and Modelling Tools in Higher Learning Institutions: A Case Study of the University of Dodoma. International Journal of Computer Applications 142(12):37-42, May 2016. BibTeX

@article{10.5120/ijca2016909974,
	author = {Gilbert M. Gilbert},
	title = {The Use of Statistical, Computational and Modelling Tools in Higher Learning Institutions: A Case Study of the University of Dodoma},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	issue_date = {May 2016},
	volume = {142},
	number = {12},
	month = {May},
	year = {2016},
	issn = {0975-8887},
	pages = {37-42},
	numpages = {6},
	url = {http://www.ijcaonline.org/archives/volume142/number12/24950-2016909974},
	doi = {10.5120/ijca2016909974},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}
}

Abstract

In this paper an assessment was made to the use and awareness of statistical, modelling and computational tools and methods in higher learning institutions, the University of Dodoma taken as a case study in which 112 instructors were randomly sampled. Data were analyzed using Chi-square tests with p-values to determine the statistical significances in the use of tools. Results show that there is no significant association between instructors of the colleges of the university in the use and awareness of popular statistical tools, however the study reveals very high statistical significant relationships in the awareness of computational and modelling tools and concepts between the instructors. Moreover, a considerable gap was observed in terms of training of the tools and concepts in which a good number of instructors, 75%, never had any formal training and 94.7% have shown the need for training of the tools and concepts. It is an opportunity for relevant bodies to provide effective training of the tools to ensure quality research and better education for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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Keywords

Statistical tools, Computational and modelling tools, higher learning institution.