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Factors Influencing the Development of Middle School Students' Interests in Statistical Literacy


Carmichael, C and Callingham, RA and Watson, JM and Hay, I, Factors Influencing the Development of Middle School Students' Interests in Statistical Literacy, Statistics Education Research Journal, 8, (1) pp. 62-81. ISSN 1570-1824 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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This paper reviews factors that contribute to the development of middle school studentsí interest in statistical literacy and its motivational influence on learning. To date very little research has specifically examined the influence of positive affect such as interest on learning in the middle-school statistics context. Two bodies of associated research are available: interest research in a mathematics education context and attitudinal research in a tertiary statistics context. A content analysis of this literature suggests that interest development in middle school statistics will be the result of a complex interplay of classroom influences and individual factors such as: studentsí knowledge of statistics, their enjoyment of statistics and their perceptions of competency in relation to the learning of statistics.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Literature review; Attitudes; 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:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Carmichael, C (Mr Colin Carmichael)
UTAS Author:Callingham, RA (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
UTAS Author:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
UTAS Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:59474
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2009-12-02
Last Modified:2014-12-27
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