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ERIC Number: EJ839977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1570-1824
Exploring Beginning Inference with Novice Grade 7 Students
Watson, Jane M.
Statistics Education Research Journal, v7 n2 p59-82 Nov 2008
This study documented efforts to facilitate ideas of beginning inference in novice grade 7 students. A design experiment allowed modified teaching opportunities in light of observation of components of a framework adapted from that developed by Pfannkuch for teaching informal inference with box plots. Box plots were replaced by hat plots, a feature available with the software TinkerPlots[TM]. Data in TinkerPlots files were analyzed on four occasions and observed responses to tasks were categorized using a hierarchical model. The observed outcomes provided evidence of change in students' appreciation of beginning inference over the four sessions. Suggestions for change are made for the use of the framework in association with the intervention and the software to enhance understanding of beginning inference. (Contains 9 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia