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What sense do children make of “data” by Year 3?

Watson, J ORCID: 0000-0002-6001-7248 and Fitzallen, N 2021 , 'What sense do children make of “data” by Year 3?', paper presented at the 2021 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference - Excellence in Mathematics Education: Foundations and Pathways, 5-8 July 2020, Singapore.

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Abstract

Statistical terms are used in everyday language and, at times, used in non-statistical ways. Itis often assumed students understand statistical terms because of their common use; however,research into their understanding of specific statistical terms is scant. This report focuses on58 Year 3 students’ responses to the basic question, “What does the term ‘data’ mean?”, andassociated examples of data and data representations. The results indicate students aremaking progress in establishing meaning about data and their representations.Recommendations include more use of varying contexts within which students can exploredata to enrich and enhance their learning about the practice of statistics

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Watson, J and Fitzallen, N
Keywords: data, graphs, cognition
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 43rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Publisher: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
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