ERIC Number: ED405171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
[Statistics and School Mathematics.]
Jacobs, Victoria R.; Lajoie, Susanne
NCRMSE Research Review, v3 n2 Spr 1994
Statistics is assuming a new role in the mathematics curriculum for K-12 students. This bulletin presents excerpts from papers on two studies that were carried out to develop a knowledge base that would enhance statistics instruction in middle school classrooms. The first paper, "Statistics in Middle School: An Exploration of Students' Informal Knowledge," reports the results of introducing high-ability middle school students (n=10) to enrichment activities designed to promote statistical discussion. By the end of the 13-week program, students' test performance suggested that their general level of statistical reasoning had increased. The second paper, "How Do Group Composition and Gender Influence the Learning of Statistics," reports a study designed to test the ways in which group composition influences learning. Eighth-grade students (n=21) were divided into eight same-gender groups consisting of either two or three students. Results showed females performed as well as males in statistical knowledge. Contains 25 references. (MKR)
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Junior High Schools, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Sex Differences, Statistics
National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1025 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.