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Extending the curriculum with Tinkerplots: Opportunites for early development of informal inference


Fitzallen, N and Watson, J, Extending the curriculum with Tinkerplots: Opportunites for early development of informal inference, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 13-18 July 2014, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, pp. 1-6. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Although increasing in recent years, the statistics content in the curriculum does not always align with studentsí ability to develop an understanding of those key concepts. In this paper, two examples are presented that challenge the school curriculum by introducing students to activities that focus on decision making under uncertainty earlier than when first acknowledged in the curriculum. The first study investigated Grade 5 and 6 studentsí understanding of covariation; the second investigated Grade 10 studentsí understanding of resampling. Common to both studies were the emphases on opportunities for the development of informal inference and the application of the software package, TinkerPlots. In both cases, many students based their confidence in conclusions on visual aspects of the strength of an association or shape of a simulated distribution. Besides making suggestions for future curriculum improvement, this presentation draws attention to pointers for development of student understanding.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Statistical literacy, graphing, TinkerPlots, informal inference
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:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:94024
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-08-27
Last Modified:2017-12-09

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