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Focusing on data: year 5 students making STEM connections


Fitzallen, N and Wright, S and Watson, JM, Focusing on data: year 5 students making STEM connections, Journal of Research in STEM Education, 5, (1) pp. 1-19. ISSN 2149-8504 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Integrated STEM learning experiences provide the opportunity for students to make connections among the various disciplines. The outcomes for many STEM activities, however, are only reported for one discipline and provide little guidance for taking an integrated approach to learning in the classroom. This paper reports on a Year 5 STEM activity based on designing, making, and trialling seed dispersal devices. A focus on the data collected by the class and the subsequent graphical representations created during followup interviews, illustrates the way in which the students made connections to multiple STEM disciplines. The results indicate that Year 5 students have the capacity to use graphical representations of data to describe the performance of seed dispersal devices and base informal inferences about the performance of the devices on their knowledge of design, construction, materials, and fight from the various STEM disciplines.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:STEM education, primary education, practice of statistics, graphical representations
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Primary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
UTAS Author:Wright, S (Mrs Suzie Wright)
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:134751
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-09-03
Last Modified:2020-05-21

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