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This is a session of Topic 2: Statistics education at the school level

(Monday 12th, 14:00-16:00)

Learners’ first experiences of handling data — focusing on 7 to 13 year olds



This session will focus on the development of children’s understanding of data and chance in the primary and middle school years. Young children have many informal experiences with data prior to their formal experiences at school. If children are to become successful data handlers at the secondary level and beyond it is important that their informal experiences, and the intuitions that they develop through these, are gradually refined over time. Primary students’ understanding of social contexts and their growing mathematical skills must be brought together to provide a sound basis for further development. This session will consider ways in which young students can become engaged with statistics through motivating teaching approaches and the use of technology.


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
2A1National testing of data handling in years 3, 5 and 7 in AustraliaSteven Nisbet (Australia)
2A2Does context expertise make a difference when dealing with data?Cynthia Langrall (United States)
2A3Linking problems, conclusions and evidence: primary students’ early experiences of planning statistical investigationsJill Fielding-Wells (Australia)
2A4Engaging young children in informal statistical inferenceEfi Paparistodemou (Cyprus)
Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris (Cyprus)