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Title: Student Description of Variation While Working With Weather Data
Contributor(s): Reading, CE (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2004
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Variation is a key concept in the study of statistics and its understanding is a crucial aspect of most statistically related tasks. This study is aimed to extend and apply a hierarchy for describing students' understanding of variation that was developed in a sampling context to the context of a natural event in which variation occurs. Students aged 13 to 17 engaged in an interface task that necessitated the description of both rainfall and temperature data. The SOLO Taxonomy was used as a framework for analysing student responses. Two cycles of Unistructural-Multistructural-Relational levels, one for qualitative descriptions and the other for quantitative descriptions, were identified in responses. Implications of the extended hierarchy for describing understanding of variation for research, teaching and assessment are outlined.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Statistics Education Research Journal, 3(2), p. 84-105
Publisher: International Association for Statistical Education
Place of Publication: Voorgurg, The Netherlands
ISSN: 1570-1824
Field of Research (FOR): 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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