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Characterizing the ways in which young students recognise, describe, explain and employ variation when analysing data in a STEM context

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posted on 2023-05-21, 07:14 authored by Jane WatsonJane Watson, Noleine FitzallenNoleine Fitzallen, Wright, S, Ben KellyBen Kelly
This report focuses on the ways in which 36 Grade 4 students recognized, explained, described and employed variation during interviews conducted one month after participating in STEM-based activities in which they tested, adjusted, and re-tested catapults. An inductive thematic methodology was used for analysis of the interview transcripts to capture the ways in which students discussed their analyses and justified their conclusions from the activity. The results were based on 1080 instances of variation in student responses to the interview questions, which evidenced three ways students characterized variation: Contextual Variation, Specific Variation, and General Variation. Findings point to the essential nature of context in building statistical understanding in relation to both specific and general aspects of variation as well as decision-making in that context.

Funding

Australian Research Council

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Publication title

International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education

Pagination

1-34

ISSN

1573-1774

Department/School

Faculty of Education

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

Place of publication

Netherlands

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© The Author(s) 2022

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Primary education

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