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One son, five big ideas and Tinkerplots


Watson, J, One son, five big ideas and Tinkerplots, Mathematics: learn, lead, link: Proceedings of the 25th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc, 6-8 July 2015, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 145-153. ISBN 978-1-875900-79-4 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The aim of this workshop is to introduce a probability-based statistical investigation that can be carried out using the features of the software TinkerPlots. We will answer the question asked by Cliff Konold in 1994: Will changing China’s one-child policy to a one-son policy cause a population explosion and/or result in an oversupply of girls? Following the four stages of a statistical investigation (pose question, collect data, analyse data, make decision) the process illustrates the five Big Ideas that form the conceptual foundation for statistics at the school level. The activity also illustrates some of the many learning affordances of TinkerPlots.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:102074
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-07-27
Last Modified:2018-04-05
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