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Data representations in a stem context: the performance of catapults


Fitzallen, N and Watson, J and Wright, S and Duncan, B, Data representations in a stem context: the performance of catapults, Looking back, looking forward: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS10), 8-13 July 2018, Kyoto, Japan, pp. 4B2:1-6. (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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STEM activities have the potential to embed statistics education in meaningful contexts in the elementary years of schooling. This paper reports on part of an extended activity where Grade 4 students were involved in learning about catapults, studying their behavior, and later attempting to improve their performance. After initially collecting data from launching ping pong balls with the catapults, students were given complete freedom to generate representations that could be used to analyze their data to report on the distance the balls travelled and the consistency over a number of trials. The results illustrate the breadth of graph-types students can create when given the opportunity to represent the data in ways most meaningful to them.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:STEM, mathematical, statistics education, data representation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
UTAS Author:Wright, S (Mrs Suzie Wright)
UTAS Author:Duncan, B (Mr Bruce Duncan)
ID Code:127121
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-07-11
Last Modified:2018-12-07
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