ERIC Number: ED476626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Refining a Framework on Middle School Students' Statistical Thinking.
Mooney, Edward S.; Hofbauer, Pamela S.; Langrall, Cynthia W.; Johnson, Yolanda A.
The purpose of this paper was to refine an existing cognitive framework designed to characterize middle school students' statistical thinking. A case- study analysis was used to focus on two sub-processes of statistical thinking that were not adequately represented in the framework: students' use of multiplicative reasoning in analyzing data, and categorizing and grouping data. Twelve students, 4 from each of grades 6-8, were interviewed using a protocol comprised of 4 tasks designed to assess students' thinking across 4 levels: idiosyncratic, transitional, quantitative and analytical. Based on an analysis of the interview data, descriptors were developed for each of the 4 levels of statistical thinking for both of the sub-processes. These sub-processes will be merged with Mooney's framework and the refined framework will be validated in a future study. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (23rd, Snowbird, Utah, October 18-21, 2001). p437-47. For full proceedings, see SE 065 231.