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Exploring the potential for student development of the big ideas of statistics with random trials: the case of the mystery spinner

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Watson, J and Fitzallen, N, Exploring the potential for student development of the big ideas of statistics with random trials: the case of the mystery spinner, Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 03-05 July 2022, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 530-537. (2022) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

This paper reports on the potential for engaging students in an activity that considers the interconnectedness of the five Big Ideas of Statistics in the context of conducting random trials. In the study, two classes of Year 6 students (aged 11-12 years) used TinkerPlots to determine the sample space of a "Mystery Spinner." Analysed for this paper were data collected from entries made in completed workbooks while engaged in the learning activity and responses to relevant questions in an end-of-year questionnaire from 27 students. The results indicated using an activity that included a probability model contributed to students working mathematically with percentages and frequencies and supported the development of intuitions about randomness and informal inference. This was promoted by students analysing the variation in the distribution of data and describing their expectations about an unknown sample space.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Statistics, spinners, probability, grade 6
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)
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
ID Code:151174
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2022-07-23
Last Modified:2022-07-25
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