ERIC Number: EJ962321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Lexical Ambiguity: Making a Case against Spread
Kaplan, Jennifer J.; Rogness, Neal T.; Fisher, Diane G.
Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, v34 n2 p56-60 Sum 2012
We argue for decreasing the use of the word "spread" when describing the statistical idea of dispersion or variability in introductory statistics courses. In addition, we argue for increasing the use of the word "variability" as a replacement for "spread."
Descriptors: Statistics, Vocabulary, Misconceptions, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Introductory Courses, Teaching Methods, Ambiguity (Semantics)
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