Reasoning and Data and Chance Summary

Monday - Friday, July 10 - 14, 2006

The Reasoning with Data and Chance group completed the projects mentioned in week 2's weekly report, and presented them Thursday afternoon.

In addition, a couple members of the data group reviewed an extension to Matt Carpenter's project from last year, "Let 'em Roll."

In retrospect, the members of the data group learned a great deal about the difference between mathematical reasoning and statistical reasoning. It was a challenge to shift gears, especially when most of us are primarily mathematics teachers at our own schools. Teaching statistical reasoning involves different thought processes and different teaching approaches. After completing the projects, it became apparent that the shift from mathematical reasoning to statistical reasoning is not a simple one to make, and many teachers should avail themselves of the resources available to understand this difference. A few are listed below.

We'd like to give our deepest thanks to Carol Hattan for her excellent support and advice. We also thank her for the electric rubber dice, which will surely entertain our classes next year!

http://www.amstat.org/education/gaise/
Contains links to the American Statistical Association's report on teaching statistical reasoning in Grades K-12.
 
http://www.amstat.org/education/stn/pdfs/STN68.pdf
This link brings you to a PDF file of the current edition of the newsletter created by the Statistics Teacher Network. It provides very helpful examples of activities that illustrate the different levels of statistical reasoning.

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