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ERIC Number: EJ1113048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Structurally Sound Statistics Instruction
Casey, Stephanie A.; Bostic, Jonathan D.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v22 n2 p100-107 Sep 2016
The Common Core's Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) call for all K-grade 12 students to develop expertise in the processes and proficiencies of doing mathematics. However, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) as a whole addresses students' learning of not only mathematics but also statistics. This situation raises an important question: How might teaching with the SMP be different when implementing statistics content standards compared with mathematics content standards? This article presents key points that arose as the authors explored this question for SMP 7, "Look for and make use of structure," when designing a professional learning experience about the SMP for middle-grades mathematics teachers. In this article, the authors describe differences between structure in mathematics and statistics; then they compare two pairs of tasks (one mathematical and one statistical) as a way to foster teachers' ideas about structure and teaching SMP 7.
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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
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A