Numeracy and statistical reasoning on entering university

Wilson, Therese & MacGillivray, Helen (2006) Numeracy and statistical reasoning on entering university. In Rossman, Allan & Chance, Beth (Eds.) Proceedings of ICOTS-7, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

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Abstract

The relationship between mathematics and statistical reasoning frequently receives comment (Vere-Jones 1995, Moore 1997); however most of the research into the area tends to focus on mathematics anxiety. Gnaldi (2003) showed that in a statistics course for psychologists, the statistical understanding of students at the end of the course depended on students’ basic numeracy, rather than the number or level of previous mathematics courses the student had undertaken. As part of a study into the development of statistical thinking at the interface between secondary and tertiary education, students enrolled in an introductory data analysis subject were assessed regarding their statistical reasoning, basic numeracy skills, mathematics background and attitudes towards statistics. This work reports on some key relationships between these factors and in particular the importance of numeracy to statistical reasoning.

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ID Code: 83213
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Numeracy, Statistical Reasoning, HERN
ISBN: 9789073592247
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400) > Statistics not elsewhere classified (010499)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > OTHER MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (019900) > Mathematical Sciences not elsewhere classified (019999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2015 23:17
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2015 01:25

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