Children’s emergent inferential reasoning about samples in an inquiry-based environment

Ben-Zvi, Dani, Makar, Katie, Bakker, Arthur and Aridor, Keren (2011). Children’s emergent inferential reasoning about samples in an inquiry-based environment. In: Marta Pytlak, Tim Rowland and Ewa Swoboda, Symposium and Working Group 5 on Stochastic Thinking at the Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. 7th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Rzeszow, Poland, (745-754). 9 - 13 February 2011.

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Author Ben-Zvi, Dani
Makar, Katie
Bakker, Arthur
Aridor, Keren
Title of paper Children’s emergent inferential reasoning about samples in an inquiry-based environment
Conference name 7th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Conference location Rzeszow, Poland
Conference dates 9 - 13 February 2011
Proceedings title Symposium and Working Group 5 on Stochastic Thinking at the Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9788373386839
Editor Marta Pytlak
Tim Rowland
Ewa Swoboda
Start page 745
End page 754
Total pages 10
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Research on informal statistical inference has so far attended little to sampling. This paper analyzes children‘s reasoning about sampling when making informal statistical inferences in an inquiry-based environment. Using data from a design experiment in Israeli Grade 5 (age 11) classrooms, we focus on the emergent reasoning of two boys working with TinkerPlots on investigations with growing sample size. They turn out to have useful ideas about whether inferences can be made from samples of different sizes. Initially, they oscillate between deterministic and relativistic conclusions, but they come to reason in more sophisticated ways with increasing awareness of what is at stake when making inferences from samples.
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