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Exploring beginning inference with novice grade 7 students


Watson, JM, Exploring beginning inference with novice grade 7 students, Statistics Education Research Journal, 7, (2) pp. 59-82. ISSN 1570-1824 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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This study documented efforts to facilitate ideas of beginning inference in novice grade 7 students. A design experiment allowed modified teaching opportunities in light of observation of components of a framework adapted from that developed by Pfannkuch for teaching informal inference with box plots. Box plots were replaced by hat plots, a feature available with the software TinkerPlotsTM. Data in TinkerPlots files were analyzed on four occasions and observed responses to tasks were categorized using a hierarchical model. The observed outcomes provided evidence of change in studentsí appreciation of beginning inference over the four sessions. Suggestions for change are made for the use of the framework in association with the intervention and the software to enhance understanding of beginning inference.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:statistics education research, hat plots, informal inference, middle school students, TinkerPlots
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:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:53840
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2009-01-12
Last Modified:2012-11-28
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