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ERIC Number: EJ921452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1069-1898
Implementing Project Based Survey Research Skills to Grade Six ELP Students with "The Survey Toolkit" and "TinkerPlots"[R]
Walsh, Thomas, Jr.
Journal of Statistics Education, v19 n1 2011
"Survey Toolkit Collecting Information, Analyzing Data and Writing Reports" (Walsh, 2009a) is discussed as a survey research curriculum used by the author's sixth grade students. The report describes the implementation of "The Survey Toolkit" curriculum and "TinkerPlots"[R] software to provide instruction to students learning a project based research methodology using surveys for the last six years. The article presents classroom instructional strategies to more effectively deliver the curriculum, along with examples of student work. Research supporting the teaching of statistics across the curriculum, implementation considerations, and an introduction of the development and organization of "The Survey Toolkit" is provided. Use of the curriculum with students focusing on findings from their selected sample, cognizant of inferential research methods (e.g., hypothesis testing) and not being able to generalize findings to a population is discussed. A piloted formal assessment and rubric evaluation of completed survey projects provides evidence of the learning skills and competencies students acquire using the curriculum model. The need for further research to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum materials, student learning, and staff development is discussed. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A