Route-Type And Landscape-Type Software For Learning Statistical Data Analysis


Book: 
Proceedings of the sixth international conference on teaching statistics, Developing a statistically literate society
Authors: 
Bakker, A.
Editors: 
Phillips, B.
Category: 
Pages: 
Online
Year: 
2002
Publisher: 
International Statistical Institute
URL: 
http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/publications/1/7f1_bakk.pdf
Abstract: 

This paper contrasts two types of educational tools: a route-type series of so-called statistical minitools (Cobb et al., 1997) and a landscape-type construction tool, named Tinkerplots (Konold & Miller, 2001). The design of the minitools is based on a hypothetical learning trajectory (Simon, 1995). Tinkerplots is being designed in collaboration with five mathematics curricula and is open to different approaches. Citing experiences from classroom-based research with students aged ten to thirteen, I show how characteristics of the two types of tools influence the instructional decisions that software designers, curriculum authors, and teachers have to make.