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Smith, Caroline; Fitzallen, Noleine; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Teaching Science, 2019
STEM education is becoming more common in schools and provides a range of exciting real-world contexts in which students can engage. However, a gap in most approaches to STEM remains the collection and use of data that can be used concurrently to develop statistical literacy and science literacy. This paper describes a STEM activity carried out…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
Watson, Jane; English, Lyn – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2015
By the time students reach the middle years they have experienced many chance activities based on dice. Common among these are rolling one die to explore the relationship of frequency and theoretical probability, and rolling two dice and summing the outcomes to consider their probabilities. Although dice may be considered overused by some, the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Manipulative Materials, Simulation, Technology Uses in Education
Watson, Jane; Brown, Natalie; Wright, Suzie; Skalicky, Jane – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2011
There is an old saying that "there is more than one way to skin a cat." Such is the case with finding the height of tall objects, a task that people have been approximating for centuries. Following an article in the "Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom" (APMC) with methods appropriate for primary students (Brown, Watson,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Trigonometry, Inquiry, Measurement Techniques
Brown, Natalie; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie; Skalicky, Jane – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2011
Measurement is one of the key areas of study in mathematics and features prominently in the "Australian Curriculum: Mathematics" (ACARA, 2010). In this set of investigations requiring students to estimate indirectly the height of a tree they are encouraged to use the "power of mathematical reasoning" and "apply their…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Measurement Techniques, Middle School Teachers, Foreign Countries
Brown, Natalie; Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2011
The activities suggested in this article are intended for use with lower secondary school students. The "Australian Curriculum: Mathematics" states that students in lower secondary school should "investigate the relationship between features of circles such as circumference, area, radius and diameter" and "use formulas to…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Rural Schools, Teaching Methods
Stack, Sue; Watson, Jane; Hindley, Sue; Samson, Pauline; Devlin, Robyn – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2010
This paper reports on the experiences of a group of teachers engaged in an action research project to develop critical numeracy classrooms. The teachers initially explored how contexts in the media could be used as bases for activities to encourage student discernment and critical thinking about the appropriate use of the underlying mathematical…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Units of Study, Action Research, Critical Thinking
Watson, Jane; Skalicky, Jane; Fitzallen, Noleine; Wright, Suzie – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2009
Among the practical applications of statistics is the collection of data from manufacturing processes. Often collected in the form of a time series, data collected from a series of measurements show the variation in those measurements, such as mass of a product manufactured. Limits are set for quality control and if these are exceeded then a…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Quality Control, Manufacturing, Grade 3
Watson, Jane – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2008
This author was surprised to read a short article in "The Mercury" newspaper in Hobart about blue-eyed people being more intelligent and brown-eyed people having faster reaction times. Such an article invites immediate scepticism from the statistically literate. The lack of data in the article should lead the interested reader to a…
Descriptors: Reaction Time, Human Body, Internet, Middle Schools
Watson, Jane; Wright, Suzie – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2008
This article explores the issues associated with developing ideas of informal inference and introduces the software package, TinkerPlots, as a tool to facilitate this development. The activities suggested in this article are intended for use with middle and secondary students (grades 6 to 10). The data and suggestions presented have arisen mainly…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Inferences, Foreign Countries