This paper is from Session 2A: Early years statistics education: ages 4 - 8
which comes under Topic 2: Statistics education at school level
(Tuesday 15th, 10:55-12:25)
Important ideas in statistics for children aged 4-8 years
- Denise Spangler (University of Georgia, United States)
This paper highlights important statistical ideas for children aged 4-8 years and the implications for teacher education and research. Drawing on both the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics produced by the American Statistical Association as well as standards/curriculum documents from other countries, I identify topics in statistics and probability that are appropriate for young children and to which they should be exposed in order to prepare them for later instruction. I also examine the knowledge that teachers of young children need to have in order to teach this content effectively. In addition, I suggest areas that are ripe for further research in this arena.