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Data modelling in the beginning school years

English, Lyn D. (2011) Data modelling in the beginning school years. In Sullivan, Peter & Goos, Merrilyn (Eds.) Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia (MERGA), MERGA Inc., Alice Springs, NT , pp. 226-234.

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Abstract

This paper argues for a renewed focus on statistical reasoning in the beginning school years, with opportunities for children to engage in data modelling. Some of the core components of data modelling are addressed. A selection of results from the first data modelling activity implemented during the second year (2010; second grade) of a current longitudinal study are reported. Data modelling involves investigations of meaningful phenomena, deciding what is worthy of attention (identifying complex attributes), and then progressing to organising, structuring, visualising, and representing data. Reported here are children's abilities to identify diverse and complex attributes, sort and classify data in different ways, and create and interpret models to represent their data.

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ID Code: 46990
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Data modelling, Statistical reasoning, Mathematics education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 AAMT & MERGA
Deposited On: 15 Nov 2011 08:16
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2011 08:21

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