Repeated random sampling in year 5

Watson, Jane M. & English, Lyn D. (2016) Repeated random sampling in year 5. Journal of Statistics Education, 24(1), pp. 27-37.

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As an extension to an activity introducing Year 5 students to the practice of statistics, the software TinkerPlots made it possible to collect repeated random samples from a finite population to informally explore students’ capacity to begin reasoning with a distribution of sample statistics. This article provides background for the sampling process and reports on the success of students in making predictions for the population from the collection of simulated samples and in explaining their strategies. The activity provided an application of the numeracy skill of using percentages, the numerical summary of the data, rather than graphing data in the analysis of samples to make decisions on a statistical question. About 70% of students made what were considered at least moderately good predictions of the population percentages for five yes–no questions, and the correlation between predictions and explanations was 0.78.

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ID Code: 95465
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Elementary students, Environmentally friendly habits, Population predictions, Random samples, Sampling, Mathematics education, TinkerPlots
DOI: 10.1080/10691898.2016.1158026
ISSN: 1069-1898
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
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 2016 The Author(s). Published with license by American Statistical Association
Deposited On: 10 May 2016 23:05
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 21:40

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