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ERIC Number: EJ1093095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Predict! Teaching Statistics Using Informational Statistical Inference
Makar, Katie
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v69 n4 p34-40 2013
Statistics is one of the most widely used topics for everyday life in the school mathematics curriculum. Unfortunately, the statistics taught in schools focuses on calculations and procedures before students have a chance to see it as a useful and powerful tool. Researchers have found that a dominant view of statistics is as an assortment of tools (calculations and graphs), with few seeing it as a means to understand a complex world. In this article, "informal statistical inference" is introduced as an approach to teaching statistics. This idea has now been researched from primary school through university classrooms around the world. Informal statistical inference can help students better appreciate the usefulness of statistics for both everyday life and future careers. This article discusses how informal statistical inference differs from the way statistics is usually taught. A unit from a middle school classroom illustrates how the class learned statistics while making informal inferences. The author provides ideas for turning a regular statistics lesson into one that lets students make inferences.
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A