10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
This paper is from Session 2H: Perspectives on statistics education with a focus in secondary schools - session 1
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which comes under Topic 2: Statistics education at the school level

Paper 2H2 (Wednesday 11th, 11:00-12:30)

Critiquing investigative questions


  • Pip Arnold (Cognition Education Limited, New Zealand)



A “good” investigative question is one that allows for rich exploration of the data in hand, discovery, and thinking statistically. Developing and using the criteria for what makes a good investigative question was one of the outcomes of research in a year 10 (age 14–15) class. Using these investigative question criteria, this paper focuses on students’ ability to critique investigative questions posed by others. Pre- and post-test responses of 27 14-year-old students are explored and the quality of students’ critique is discussed, including the implications for supporting their ability to pose their own investigative questions.

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