Wooden or steel roller coasters: What's the choice?


Authors: 
Friel, S. N.
Editors: 
Ferrucci, B. J., Shaughnessy, M.
Volume: 
34(2)
Pages: 
40-54
Year: 
2002
Publisher: 
New England Mathematics Journal
Abstract: 

Statistics are more pervasive than ever. We encounter statistical information in newspapers, magazines, advertisements, and on the radio and television. Political, social, economic, scientific, and personal decisions are made on the basis of data. To operate effectively in our world, we must be able to make senes of statistical information. There are new ways to think about the discipline of statistics and about the ways students develop their understanding of statistics.<br>Statistics learning involves a process of doing meaningful statistics (Ben-Zvi, 2000). This process includes four key components: posing questions, collecting data, analyzing distributions, and interpreting results. This process is dynamic, with interactions among the four components being the norm.