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The practice of statistics for STEM: Primary students and pre-service primary teachers exploring variation in seed dispersal

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Smith, C and Fitzallen, N and Watson, J and Wright, S, The practice of statistics for STEM: Primary students and pre-service primary teachers exploring variation in seed dispersal, Teaching Science pp. 38-47. ISSN 1449-6313 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

STEM education is becoming more common in schools and provides a range of exciting real-world contexts in which students can engage. However, a gap in most approaches to STEM remains the collection and use of data that can be used concurrently to develop statistical literacy and science literacy. This paper describes a STEM activity carried out with Year 5 students. The context originated in science and asked students to collect data to find the answer to a question, then present and interpret their data using TinkerPlots software. Elements of the same activity were also carried out by 4th-year Bachelor of Education (primary) pre-service teachers (PSTs) as part of a unit in science education. The activity provided the opportunity for the PSTs to experience an authentic STEM activity that had been conducted with primary students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Primary; STEM; Practice of Statistics; science education; sustainability curriculum
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning Processes
UTAS Author:Smith, C (Dr Caroline Smith)
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
UTAS Author:Wright, S (Mrs Suzie Wright)
ID Code:131743
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-04-03
Last Modified:2019-05-01
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