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Linking problems, conclusions and evidence: Primary students' early experiences of planning statistical investigations


Fielding-Wells, J, Linking problems, conclusions and evidence: Primary students' early experiences of planning statistical investigations, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 11 - 16 July 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-90-77713-54-9 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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An overview of many primary programs demonstrates the passivity of statistical learning in the junior years. Students are usually provided clean, orderly, simplistic data, or data representations, with which to work. When students are encouraged to collect their own data, it is limited to that which could be expected to cause little difficulty. The focus on contrived and unsophisticated data collection and analysis denies younger students the opportunity to design their own statistical investigations. The research reported here derives from the introduction of the statistical investigative cycle (Wild and Pfannkuch, 1999) to a classroom of 9-10 year old students. The students initially experienced difficulty envisioning the investigation process, despite both explicit instruction and multiple prior experiences with investigative learning. A focus on connecting problems and conclusions to evidence enabled students to plan investigations more efficiently.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:statistics, primary students, investigations, inquiry-based learning
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 curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Fielding-Wells, J (Dr Jill Wells)
ID Code:88309
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-01-28
Last Modified:2014-10-29
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