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Using the practice of statistics to design studentsí experiences in STEM education


Fitzallen, N and Watson, JM, Using the practice of statistics to design students' experiences in STEM education, Harnessing the Transformative Power of Education, Koninklijke Brill, B Shelley, K te Riele, N Brown, T Crellin (ed), Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 74-99. ISBN 978-90-04-41731-1 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/9789004417311


Incorporating STEM activities into the primary curriculum remains a challenge for teachers who do not have content knowledge and pedagogical expertise in all four STEM disciplines. It is, therefore, important research explores potential solutions to make STEM education accessible for all and sustainable for teachers. This chapter showcases STEM learning activities developed for a research project that was investigating the way in which students develop understanding of modelling with data within STEM contexts. The longitudinal study followed students as they progressed from Year 3 to Year 6. An aim of the project was to develop learning activities that addressed STEM outcomes whilst also putting the emphasis on developing understanding of the big ideas of statistics that included: variation, expectation, distribution, randomness, and informal inference. This chapter showcases the type of STEM learning activities that can transform learning by fostering the development of the "practice of statistics" within meaningful STEM contexts.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
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:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:135652
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-11-07
Last Modified:2021-06-15
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