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ERIC Number: EJ818742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Conjecture Activities for Comprehending Statistics Terms through Speculations on the Functions of Imaginary Spectrometers
Liu, Shiang-tung; Ho, Feng-chu
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v64 n3 p17-24 2008
The purpose of this study was to describe students' problem solving performance when they make conjectures to comprehend three statistics terms. Teachers are key figures in changing the ways in which mathematics is taught and learned in schools. Mathematics teachers are supposed to design meaningful tasks to motivate students' interest and to enhance students' communication and reasoning. Within various contexts, if meaningful tasks are designed for students to work on, then students should benefit more from those contexts of problem solving. For example, in this unit for learning three statistics terms, i.e., median, mode and range, the authors provided opportunities for students to conjecture, verify, and modify their rules rather than directly telling them the rules to find those three statistics terms. Such a learning process might result in better student performance. (Contains 6 figures.)
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: office@aamt.edu.au; Web site: http://www.aamt.edu.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A