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Reaction time in grade 5: data collection within the practice of statistics


Watson, J and English, L, Reaction time in grade 5: data collection within the practice of statistics, Statistics Education Research Journal, 16, (1) pp. 262-293. ISSN 1570-1824 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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This study reports on a classroom activity for Grade 5 students investigating their reaction times. The investigation was part of a 3-year research project introducing students to informal inference and giving them experience carrying out the practice of statistics. For this activity the focus within the practice of statistics was on introducing two different ways of collecting data to answer a statistical question, in this case, "What is the typical reaction time of Grade 5 students?" Workbook entries were used to assess studentsí capacities to engage in the investigation. Results indicated that although the students were proficient with the procedures and measures introduced, they were less able to explain and apply the underlying concepts. The activity provides a suggestion and benchmarks for others wishing to follow student development of concepts related to the practice of statistics.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:classroom research, grade 5, reaction time, data collection, informal inference, practice of statistics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:119815
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP100100388)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-05
Last Modified:2018-06-20

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