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Repeated random sampling in Year 5


Watson, JM and English, LD, Repeated random sampling in Year 5, Journal of Statistics Education, 24, (1) pp. 27-37. ISSN 1069-1898 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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© 2016 Jane M. Watson and Lyn D. English Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

DOI: doi:10.1080/10691898.2016.1158026


As an extension to an activity introducing Year 5 students to the practice of statistics, the software TinkerPlots made it possible to collect repeated random samples from a finite population to informally explore students’ capacity to begin reasoning with a distribution of sample statistics. This article provides background for the sampling process and reports on the success of students in making predictions for the population from the collection of simulated samples and in explaining their strategies. The activity provided an application of the numeracy skill of using percentages, the numerical summary of the data, rather than graphing data in the analysis of samples to make decisions on a statistical question. About 70% of students made what were considered at least moderately good predictions of the population percentages for five yes–no questions, and the correlation between predictions and explanations was 0.78.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:random sampling, Grade 5, samples and populations
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:108940
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP120100158)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-05-12
Last Modified:2017-11-10
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