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TEACHING STATISTICS IN ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL<br>AND TEACHER TRAINING


Authors: 
Cileda de Queiroz e Silva Coutinho
Pages: 
online
Year: 
2008
Publisher: 
Proceedings from the joint ICMI/IASE Study Statistics in School Mathematics.<br>Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education
URL: 
http://www.ugr.es/~icmi/iase_study/Files/Contents.htm
Abstract: 

The focus of the reflections presented here is the teacher's point of view on the teaching and learning of statistical concepts. This paper reports the research efforts carried out recently by our group with converging results. We identified that teachers have difficulty in teaching topics related to statistics, particularly when some analysis of the data is required. Teacher discourse shows they favor the philosophy of Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA), but in practice, they restrict their work, according to the results of our study, to a more technical approach that emphasizes the use of algorithms. This research suggests the need for initial and continued training in statistics for mathematics teachers.

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