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ERIC Number: ED549857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-0808-5
Statistical Content in Middle Grades Mathematics Textbooks
Pickle, Maria Consuelo Capiral
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Florida
This study analyzed the treatment and scope of statistical concepts in four, widely-used, contemporary, middle grades mathematics textbook series: "Glencoe Math Connects," "Prentice Hall Mathematics," "Connected Mathematics Project," and "University of Chicago School Mathematics Project." There were three phases for the data analysis. Phase 1 addressed the location and sequence of the statistical concepts. Phase 2 focused upon an examination of the lesson narrative, its components and scope. Phase 3 analyzed the level of cognitive demand required of the students to complete the exercises, and the total number of exercises per statistical concept. These three phases taken together provided insight into students' potential "opportunity to learn" statistical topics found in middle grades mathematics textbooks. Results showed that concepts, such as measures of central tendency, were repeated in several grades while other topics such as circle graphs were presented earlier than the recommendations in documents such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards (2000) and the Common Core State Standards (2010). Further results showed that most of the statistical content was found in a chapter near the end of the book that would likely not be covered should time run short. Also, each textbook had a particular lesson narrative style. Moreover, most of the statistical exercises required low level cognitive demand of the students to complete the exercises, potentially hindering the development of deep understanding of concepts. [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: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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