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Collaborative statistical investigations in diverse settings


Watson, JM and Chick, HL, Collaborative statistical investigations in diverse settings, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 36, (6) pp. 573-600. ISSN 0020-739X (2005) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00207390500064304


This study presents a continuing investigation of influences on outcomes achieved by students working in groups of three on tasks related to chance and data. Earlier research described final mathematical outcomes and identified 17 factors influencing three types of short-term outcomes for groups working in an isolated setting. The current report documents the 17 factors for groups working in a classroom setting and 1654 events for all groups in both settings are identified and each associated with a factor and a short-term outcome. Consideration is then given to variables that have the potential to influence the factors, the short-term outcomes, and their interaction. The overarching variable is the setting within which the collaboration took place. Within each setting, however, two other variables operated: the task carried out, the age/grade of students, gender balance, or collaborative characteristics. The influences of these variables are described within the two settings before consideration is given to the overall influence of the settings.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
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:Watson, JM (Professor Jane Watson)
ID Code:35733
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-04
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