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This paper is from Session 7F: Principles and theories for the design of learning technologies
which comes under Topic 7: Technology in Statistics education             Full topic list

(Thursday 6th, 14:00-15:30)

Learning chance: lessons from a learning-axes and bridging-tools perspective



The paper builds on design-research studies in the domain of probability and statistics conducted in middle-school classrooms. The design, ProbLab (Probability Laboratory), which is part of Wilensky’s “Connected Probability” project, integrates: constructionist projects in traditional media; individual work in the NetLogo modeling-and-simulation environment; and networked participatory simulations in HubNet. An emergent theoretical model “learning axes and bridging tools” frames both the design and the data analysis. The model is explicated by discussing a sample episode, in which a student reinvents sampling by connecting “local” and “global” perceptions of a population.