ERIC Number: EJ713319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
Reference Count: 28
The Winds Are Variable: Student Intuitions about Variation
Watson, Jane M.; Kelly, Ben A.
School Science and Mathematics, v105 n5 p252 May 2005
This study uses the context of the weather to explore the development of students' intuitive ideas of variation from pre-Grade 1 to Grade 9. Three aspects of understanding these intuitions associated with variation are explored in individual videotaped interviews with 73 students: explanations, suggestions of data, and graphing. The development of these three aspects across grades is explored, as well as the associations among them. Fifty-eight of the students also answered a general question on the definitions of "variation" and "variable, " and these responses are discussed and compared with responses to the weather task. The interview protocol may prove useful for teachers, particularly with younger children, to appreciate students' developing understanding of variation and provide starting points for classroom work of a more specific nature, either with respect to weather or other contextual topics.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Interviews, Weather, Statistical Data, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods, Graphs
School Science & Mathematics Association, The Ohio State University, 238 Arps Hall, 1945 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210-1172. Web site: http://www.ssma.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia