
06664493
j
2016f.01245
Smith, Carmen Petrick
Kenlan, Kris
Invention activities support statistical reasoning.
Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 21, No. 6, 358363 (2016).
2016
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
K43
D83
statistical analysis
statistics
educational games
use of technology
activities
http://www.nctm.org/Publications/MathematicsTeachinginMiddleSchool/2016/Vol21/Issue6/InventionActivitiesSupportStatisticalReasoning/
Summary: Students' experiences with statistics and data analysis in middle school are often limited to little more than making and interpreting graphs. Although students may develop fluency in statistical procedures and vocabulary, they frequently lack the skills necessary to apply statistical reasoning in situations other than clearcut textbook examples. This led the authors, a classroom teacher and a university researcher, to redesign a twelveday statistics unit to give their sixthgrade students opportunities to apply statistical reasoning to meaningful problems, make sense of messy data, deal with uncertainty, and interpret results within context. To guide their redesign, they turned to the GAISE Report, the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education, which proposes a framework for learning statistics as an investigative problemsolving process rather than as a set of disconnected formulas and graphs. This active process includes formulating questions, collecting data, choosing and applying appropriate methods of analysis, and interpreting results. In this article, Students investigate how well an online game helps them learn. (ERIC)