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Teaching Pseudoreplication Using Simulations

In this article the authors have created a hands-on laboratory exercise designed to illustrate the effects of pseudoreplication in experiments.
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Keywords pseudoreplication; simulation; type I error; ecology 101
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Pedagogical Use Description It is suggested to use the simulation in conjunction with reading and discussion of Hurlbert's 1984 paper. Class time can be split between (1) discussing the content of the paper, (2) reviewing experimental designs that are correct or pseudoreplicated, and (3) allowing students to run the simulation and create a graph showing the effect of sample size on the probability of making a Type I error.
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Shippensburg University
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Date Of Record Submission 2002-02-08

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