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ERIC Number: EJ907755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Young Children's Early Modelling with Data
English, Lyn D.
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v22 n2 p24-47 2010
An educational priority of many nations is to enhance mathematical learning in early childhood. One area in need of special attention is that of statistics. This paper argues for a renewed focus on statistical reasoning in the beginning school years, with opportunities for children to engage in data modelling activities. Such modelling involves investigations of meaningful phenomena, deciding what is worthy of attention (identifying complex attributes), and then progressing to organising, structuring, visualising, and representing data. Results reported here are derived from the first year of a three-year longitudinal study in which three classes of first-grade children and their teachers engaged in activities requiring the creation of data models. The theme of "Looking after our Environment," a component of the children's science curriculum at the time, provided the context for the activities. Findings include children's abilities to focus their attention on qualities of items rather than the items themselves in identifying attributes, switch their attention from one item feature to another, and create a broad range of models in organising, structuring, and representing their data. Children's development of meta-representational knowledge facilitated their choice and nature of data representations. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia