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Beginning inference in fourth grade: Exploring variation in measurement


English, L and Watson, J, Beginning inference in fourth grade: Exploring variation in measurement, Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 7-11 July 2013, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 274-281. ISBN 978-0-7340-4844-8 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper addresses one of the foundational components of beginning infernce, namely variation, with 5 classes of Year 4 students undertaking a measurement activity using scaled instruments in two contexts: all students measuring one person's arm span and recording the values obtained, and each student having his/her own arm span measured and recorded. The results included documentation of students' explicit appreciation of the variety of ways in which varitation can occur, including outliers, and their ability to create and describe valid representations of their data.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:measurement, primary school, statistical variation
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, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:87989
Year Published:2013
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP120100158)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-12-28
Last Modified:2017-12-09

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