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ERIC Number: EJ912316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1098-6065
Explanations and Context in the Emergence of Students' Informal Inferential Reasoning
Gil, Einat; Ben-Zvi, Dani
Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, v13 n1-2 p87-108 2011
Explanations are considered to be key aids to understanding the study of mathematics, science, and other complex disciplines. This paper discusses the role of students' explanations in making sense of data and learning to reason informally about statistical inference. We closely follow students' explanations in which they utilize their experiences and knowledge of the context, statistical tools, and ideas to support their emerging informal inferential reasoning (IIR). This case study focuses on two independent inquiry episodes of sixth-grade students (age 12) within an unstructured, inquiry-based, technology-rich learning environment that was designed to promote students' IIR. We discuss research and practical issues related to the role of explanations and context in developing students' IIR. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel