Young children's statistical reasoning : a tale of two contexts

Kinnear, Virginia A. (2013) Young children's statistical reasoning : a tale of two contexts. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This thesis explored the knowledge and reasoning of young children in solving novel statistical problems, and the influence of problem context and design on their solutions. It found that young children's statistical competencies are underestimated, and that problem design and context facilitated children's application of a wide range of knowledge and reasoning skills, none of which had been taught. A qualitative design-based research method, informed by the Models and Modeling perspective (Lesh & Doerr, 2003) underpinned the study. Data modelling activities incorporating picture story books were used to contextualise the problems. Children applied real-world understanding to problem solving, including attribute identification, categorisation and classification skills. Intuitive and metarepresentational knowledge together with inductive and probabilistic reasoning was used to make sense of data, and beginning awareness of statistical variation and informal inference was visible.

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ID Code: 63496
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: English, Lyn & Danby, Susan
Keywords: statistics, statistical learning, Models and Modeling, Data modeling, young children's mathematical learning, young children's statistical learning, mathematics picture books
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Virginia Kinnear
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2013 04:14
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 04:07

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