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Teachers' confidence in teaching statistical ideas


Callingham, R and Watson, J, Teachers' confidence in teaching statistical ideas, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 13-18 July 2014, Flagstaff, Arizona, pp. 1-4. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Teachers lack confidence in their ability to teach statistical ideas. Although understanding of school studentsí development of underpinning ideas in statistics has grown, this has not been matched by a deeper realisation of how best to develop teachersí confidence and competence in teaching statistics. As part of a larger project, 42 teachers completed a profile instrument that included a 20-item confidence inventory and, a 5-item scale addressing beliefs about statistics in everyday life. A factor analysis of the teaching confidence items indicated four factors that could be interpreted as procedural statistics, probability, the application of statistical ideas, and underlying ideas of variation and inference. To explore teachersí confidence further individual "KidMaps" provided a profile of items unexpectedly endorsed as high or low confidence. Dissimilar patterns of response to items that loaded onto the identified factors were identified among teachers who had different overall levels of confidence

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Statistics, Teachers' Confidence,
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Callingham, R (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:97123
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP0669106)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-12-03
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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