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ERIC Number: ED523624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 256
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-5530-6
Statistical Argumentation in Project-Based Learning Environments
Hudson, Rick Alan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University
Recent educational reform initiatives call for additional attention to be placed on data analysis and statistics in the K-12 school curriculum and an emphasis on mathematical processes such as reasoning and communication in mathematics classrooms. This study examines how small groups of middle grade students engaged during a project-based learning (PBL) unit focused on data analysis and statistics. Project-based learning emphasizes the use of a driving question to guide learning opportunities through solving a real-world problem. Although a body of literature exists in other content areas, few studies have focused on teaching and learning mathematics through project-based learning. This study examines how students construct statistical arguments in PBL environments, actions teachers can make to support statistical inquiry and classroom discourse, and the effects of argumentation on students' learning outcomes. Among the findings of the study are that students struggle to create statistical arguments that give sufficient reasoning for their choices without significant teacher intervention. An analysis of the classroom discourse showed that students failed to make strong connections between the different components of the statistical investigative cycle. Teachers can help provoke meaningful discourse among students via "contextual scaffolding" to help students understand the context of the problem and connect ideas used in one context to other situations. Implications are discussed for PBL, teaching statistics, teacher education, and future research endeavors. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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