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What sense do children make of “data” by Year 3?


Watson, J and Fitzallen, N, What sense do children make of 'data' by Year 3?, Proceedings of the 43rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA), 5-8 July 2020, Singapore, pp. 409-416. (2021) [Refereed Conference Paper]


Statistical terms are used in everyday language and, at times, used in non-statistical ways. It is often assumed students understand statistical terms because of their common use; however, research into their understanding of specific statistical terms is scant. This report focuses on 58 Year 3 students’ responses to the basic question, "What does the term ‘data’ mean?", and associated examples of data and data representations. The results indicate students are making progress in establishing meaning about data and their representations. Recommendations include more use of varying contexts within which students can explore data to enrich and enhance their learning about the practice of statistics

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:data, graphs, cognition
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Primary education
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:145307
Year Published:2021
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2021-07-14
Last Modified:2021-10-11

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