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ERIC Number: EJ1152519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1570-1824
Reaction Time in Grade 5: Data Collection within the Practice of Statistics
Watson, Jane; English, Lyn
Statistics Education Research Journal, v16 n1 p262-293 May 2017
This study reports on a classroom activity for Grade 5 students investigating their reaction times. The investigation was part of a 3-year research project introducing students to informal inference and giving them experience carrying out the practice of statistics. For this activity the focus within the practice of statistics was on introducing two different ways of collecting data to answer a statistical question, in this case, "What is the typical reaction time of Grade 5 students?" Workbook entries were used to assess students' capacities to engage in the investigation. Results indicated that although the students were proficient with the procedures and measures introduced, they were less able to explain and apply the underlying concepts. The activity provides a suggestion and benchmarks for others wishing to follow student development of concepts related to the practice of statistics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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