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This is a session of Topic 8: Research in statistics education

(Thursday 15th, 14:00-16:00)

Research on developing students’ statistical reasoning at secondary and tertiary levels



Recognizing the growing body of research in human reasoning, as well as recent interest in the nature of statistical literacy, reasoning, and thinking, the two related sessions, Session 8A and Session 8B, will focus on research aimed at investigating the learning, development, and assessment of students’ statistical thinking and reasoning across different age groups. In Session 8B, the focus will be on the ways secondary and tertiary students learn to understand and use statistical key ideas, such as distribution, variability, sampling, and inference — to make sense of data.

Speakers in this session will report on their studies on developing students’ statistical thinking and reasoning. They will also reflect on theoretical and practical implications of their research, such as study designs, instructional practices, assessment, teacher education, and design of learning environments that promote the development of students’ statistical reasoning. Part of the session time will be allocated to discussions on the content and implications of the papers and the interrelations among them.


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
8B1Inferential reasoning: learning to “make a call” in theoryChris Wild (New Zealand)
Maxine Pfannkuch (New Zealand)
Matt Regan (New Zealand)
Nicholas Horton (United States)
8B2Inferential reasoning: learning to “make a call” in practiceMaxine Pfannkuch (New Zealand)
8B3Developing tertiary-level students’ statistical thinking through the use of model-eliciting activitiesRobert C delMas (United States)
Joan Garfield (United States)
Andrew Zieffler (United States)
8B4Students’ statistical reasoning about distribution across grade levels: a look from middle school through graduate schoolJennifer Noll (United States)
Mike Shaughnessy (United States)
Matthew Ciancetta (United States)