A Case Study of Primary School Students' Use of a Dynamic Statistics Software Package for Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Irene Kleanthous (Cyprus Ministry of Education, Cyprus) and Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris (European University, Cyprus)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 42
EISBN13: 9781466680883|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6497-5.ch002
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This chapter explores the potential of dynamic statistics software for supporting the teaching and learning of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. It shares the experiences from a teaching experiment that implemented a data-driven approach to mathematics instruction using the dynamic data-visualization software InspireData© (Hancock, 2006), an educational package specifically designed to meet the learning needs of students in the middle and high school grades (Grades 4-12). We report on how a group of Grade 4 (about 9-year-old) students used the affordances provided by the dynamic learning environment to gather, analyze, and interpret data, and to draw data-based conclusions and inferences. The role of the technological tool in scaffolding and extending these young students' stochastical and mathematical reasoning is discussed.
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