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Developmental changes in Australian school students' interest for statistical literacy

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Carmichael, C and Hay, I, Developmental changes in Australian school students' interest for statistical literacy, Data and context in statistics education: Towards an evidence-based society, 11-16 July 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia EJ ISBN 978-90-77713-54-9 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

Research in the mathematics context demonstrates that in general students’ interest declines during their secondary school education. Such research has not, however, explored student interest for specific aspects of their learning. This study reports on apparent age differences in student responses to items in a statistical literacy interest inventory. A sample of 791 Australian secondary school students responded on a five-point Likert scale to 31 self-descriptions relating to their interest for statistical literacy. The analysis of cross-tabulations of school year with level of interest revealed that younger students are more likely to be interested in activities related to chance and the use of computers. Older students, on the other hand, are more likely to value the ability to interpret statistics in media and scientific contexts. Interview data is used to illuminate these findings and implications for the teaching of statistics are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Developmental changes in Australian school students' interest for statistical literacy
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Pedagogy
Author:Carmichael, C (Mr Colin Carmichael)
Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:64884
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-09-13
Last Modified:2014-05-19
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