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Developing Statistical Reasoning Facilitated by TinkerPlots


Fitzallen, N and Watson, J, Developing Statistical Reasoning Facilitated by TinkerPlots, 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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Of interest in this study, based in a class of 26 Year 5/6 students, is the way TinkerPlots facilitated the development of statistical reasoning for students with no previous data handling experience. The class completed four lessons related to data collection, data representation, data summary, and data inference based on a sporting activity, where they had recorded their heart rates before and after the event and used the software TinkerPlots to analyse the data. A month later 12 of the students were individually interviewed with a three-part protocol using TinkerPlots to assess their reasoning in relation to comparing two data sets, to hypothesising relationships and providing evidence, and to interpreting differences in large data sets. The consolidation and transfer of reasoning evidenced in the student interviews demonstrated the value of employing TinkerPlots in the classroom.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Developing Statistical Reasoning Facilitated by 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:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:65760
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-12-01
Last Modified:2012-03-30
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