Flipping the Classroom and Student Performance in Advanced Statistics: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment

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I administer a quasi-experiment using undergraduate political science majors in statistics classes to evaluate whether “flipping the classroom” (the treatment) alters students’ applied problem-solving performance and satisfaction relative to students in a traditional classroom environment (the control). I also assess whether general student characteristics such as when and where students took the prerequisite course, grade point average (GPA), and gender influence performance. I find flipping the classroom gives students statistically significant advantages in difficult, applied areas emphasized in class. Furthermore, students in the flipped classroom feel they learned more and enjoyed the course more than those in a traditional classroom. I argue students’ affective preference for a flipped classroom is important for student motivation, recollection, and future use of quantitative data analysis. Flipping the classroom entails high start-up costs, but it can merit implementing to improve both effective and affective instructional outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-44
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Political Science Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • active learning
  • flipping the classroom
  • quasi-experiment
  • statistics education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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