A framework for assessing high school students' statistical reasoning

Chan, Shiau Wei and Ismail, Zaleha and Sumintono, Bambang (2016) A framework for assessing high school students' statistical reasoning. PLoS ONE, 11 (11). ISSN 19326203

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Abstract

Based on a synthesis of literature, earlier studies, analyses and observations on high school students, this study developed an initial framework for assessing students' statistical reasoning about descriptive statistics. Framework descriptors were established across five levels of statistical reasoning and four key constructs. The former consisted of idiosyncratic reasoning, verbal reasoning, transitional reasoning, procedural reasoning, and integrated process reasoning. The latter include describing data, organizing and reducing data, representing data, and analyzing and interpreting data. In contrast to earlier studies, this initial framework formulated a complete and coherent statistical reasoning framework. A statistical reasoning assessment tool was then constructed from this initial framework. The tool was administered to 10 tenth-grade students in a task-based interview. The initial framework was refined, and the statistical reasoning assessment tool was revised. The ten students then participated in the second task-based interview, and the data obtained were used to validate the framework. The findings showed that the students' statistical reasoning levels were consistent across the four constructs, and this result confirmed the framework's cohesion. Developed to contribute to statistics education, this newly developed statistical reasoning framework provides a guide for planning learning goals and designing instruction and assessments.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA273 Probabilities. Mathematical statistics
Divisions:Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Production and Operation
ID Code:8598
Deposited By:Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Deposited On:25 Apr 2017 15:52
Last Modified:25 Apr 2017 15:52

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