Statistical literacy in the elementary school: Opportunities for problem posing

English, Lyn D. & Watson, Jane (2015) Statistical literacy in the elementary school: Opportunities for problem posing. In Singer, Florence Mihaela, Ellerton, Nerida F., & Cai, Jinfa (Eds.) Mathematical Problem Posing: From Research to Effective Practice. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 241-256.

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This chapter addresses opportunities for problem posing in developing young children’s statistical literacy, with a focus on student-directed investigations. Although the notion of problem posing has broadened in recent years, there nevertheless remains limited research on how problem posing can be integrated within the regular mathematics curriculum, especially in the areas of statistics and probability. The chapter first reviews briefly aspects of problem posing that have featured in the literature over the years. Consideration is next given to the importance of developing children’s statistical literacy in which problem posing is an inherent feature. Some findings from a school playground investigation conducted in four, fourth-grade classes illustrate the different ways in which children posed investigative questions, how they made predictions about their outcomes and compared these with their findings, and the ways in which they chose to represent their findings.

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ID Code: 87503
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Statistical Literacy, Problem posing, Problem solving, Statistical investigations, Beginning inference, Prediction, Data Representation, Student created surveys, Statistical questions
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6258-3_11
ISBN: 9781461462576
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2015 22:47
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 02:30

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