eCite Digital Repository

Building Understanding of Randomness from Ideas about Variation and Expectation


Watson, JM and Fitzallen, N, Building Understanding of Randomness from Ideas about Variation and Expectation, Statistics Teacher, American Statistical Association, USA, 19 September (2019) [Magazine Article]

Pending copyright assessment - Request a copy

Official URL:


"Random" is one of those words: words that have very different meanings in different contexts. Students are likely to use "random" as an adjective describing anything unexpected and surprising (e.g., "the goal he scored was totally random") or something unexpectedly awesome (e.g., "the whole game was random!") but these usages are not mathematical. They do, however, provide an opportunity for teachers to discuss and contrast the differences between language used inside and outside of mathematics. This article focuses on the language we use in Statistics and gives examples of how teachers can support students to develop understanding of randomness through classroom dialogue.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:randomness, expectation, primary students, statistics education
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:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
ID Code:135343
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-10-15
Last Modified:2019-10-15
Downloads:1 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page