10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C310


Checkpoints in statistical inquiry


Sue Allmond (Australia)
Katie Makar (Australia)


Sue Allmond (Australia)


A statistical inquiry requires students to envisage the processes and purpose of the inquiry and make links between the Inquiry question, the evidence gathered and the conclusion reached. Providing students with several opportunities throughout the inquiry to reason mathematically as they share interim progress and give substantive feedback that builds on good mathematical ideas and practices, has the potential to improve the quality of the evidence and solution. This paper introduces the idea of a checkpoint in statistical inquiry where students share interim progress and seek feedback from peers throughout the investigation. The paper illustrates how checkpoints are operationalised in a primary mathematics classroom. Data consist of classroom videos which are analysed to highlight how checkpoints supported students’ throughout their investigations.