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'Plot 1 is all spread out and Plot 2 is all squished together”: exemplifying statistical variation with young students


Chick, H and Watson, JM and Fitzallen, N, 'Plot 1 is all spread out and Plot 2 is all squished together': exemplifying statistical variation with young students, Making waves, opening spaces (Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), 1-5 July 2018, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 218-225. (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The idea of variation is a foundation of statistical reasoning, and many curriculum documents, including the Australian Curriculum, include variation in the learning required for the primary years. In this paper, we consider the design of activities that can exemplify the idea of variation for young students and investigate how students can use graphs to support discussions about variation. The use of appropriate contexts and the provision of physical experiences of the phenomena seemed to help students make sense of graphical representations and allowed them to discuss how variation was exemplified in the graphs.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:STEM; statistics education; primary; graphing; data representations
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Chick, H (Associate Professor Helen Chick)
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
ID Code:127122
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-07-11
Last Modified:2019-02-14
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