Touching epistemologies: Meanings of average and variation in nursing practice


Authors: 
Noss, R., Pozzi, S., & Hoyles, C.
Category: 
Volume: 
40
Pages: 
25-51
Year: 
1999
Publisher: 
Educational Studies in Mathematics
Abstract: 

We present a study of the meanings of average and variation displayed by paediatirc nurses. We trace how these meanings shape, and are shaped by, nurses' interpretations of trends in patient and population data. We suggest a theoretical framework for making sense of the data which compares and contrasts nurses' epistemology with that of official mathematics. Finally, we outline some provisional didactial implications.

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