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ERIC Number: EJ1047601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: EISSN-1570-1824
Influence of Culture on Secondary School Students' Understanding of Statistics: A Fijian Perspective
Sharma, Sashi
Statistics Education Research Journal, v13 n2 p104-117 Nov 2014
Although we use statistical notions daily in making decisions, research in statistics education has focused mostly on formal statistics. Further, everyday culture may influence informal ideas of statistics. Yet, there appears to be minimal literature that deals with the educational implications of the role of culture. This paper will discuss the interaction between statistical cognition and culture, reporting on the effects of culture on secondary students' statistical ideas. It will draw on examples from my work and that of a few others who have studied cultural influences on statistical ideas to explain how statistics is tied to cultural practices. The paper will consider the issues arising out of the literature and offer suggestions for meeting the challenges.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Fiji