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ERIC Number: EJ845054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1570-1824
A Framework for Thinking about Informal Statistical Inference
Makar, Katie; Rubin, Andee
Statistics Education Research Journal, v8 n1 p82-105 May 2009
Informal inferential reasoning has shown some promise in developing students' deeper understanding of statistical processes. This paper presents a framework to think about three key principles of informal inference--generalizations "beyond the data," probabilistic language, and data as evidence. The authors use primary school classroom episodes and excerpts of interviews with the teachers to illustrate the framework and reiterate the importance of embedding statistical learning within the context of statistical inquiry. Implications for the teaching of more powerful statistical concepts at the primary school level are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia