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ERIC Number: EJ1093102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Busting Myths
Chick, Helen
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v69 n4 p16-22 2013
Arecent episode of "MythBusters" (Williams, 2013) involved a series of "battles of the sexes" to examine myths and urban legends about things that men are supposedly better (or worse) at doing than women. Some of the processes that were used on the show to investigate these myths, along with the data they generated, can be used to examine some interesting statistical ideas, varying from a quite simple examination of distributions to an elementary exploration of beginning hypothesis testing. As such they would be suitable for secondary classrooms, where the content aligns well with "Australian Curriculum: Mathematics." In this article the author will describe two of the segments and discuss some of the issues that could be addressed in a classroom. Ideally it would be good to be able to view the segments as part of any lesson (at the time of writing it was possible to purchase the episode via an online media supplier; see note at end of article), but it is hoped that there is enough information in what follows for teachers to be able to provide an explanation of the segments and the data sets should still be sufficient to stimulate good classroom discussion.
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: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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