Beginning inference in fourth grade : exploring variation in measurement

English, Lyn & Watson, Jane (2013) Beginning inference in fourth grade : exploring variation in measurement. In Steinle, V., Ball, L., & Bardini, C. (Eds.) Mathematics Education : Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), MERGA, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 274-281.

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This paper addresses one of the foundational components of beginning infernce, namely variation, with 5 classes of Year 4 students undertaking a measurement activity using scaled instruments in two contexts: all students measuring one person's arm span and recording the values obtained, and each student having his/her own arm span measured and recorded. The results included documentation of students' explicit appreciation of the variety of ways in which varitation can occur, including outliers, and their ability to create and describe valid representations of their data.

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ID Code: 64827
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2013 22:52
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2013 21:23

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