Long-term impact of promoting informal inferential statistical reasoning in an inquiry-based and technology-rich learning environment.

Language: Hebrew and English (one paper)
University: Department of Mathematics Education, The University of Haifa.
Number of pages: 257 pages
Date of the dissertation: September 2014
Name of supervisor: Dr. Dani Ben-Zvi

Using a mixed method methodology, the long term impacts of the Connections program, an experimental inquiry-based curriculum designed to develop statistical reasoning, was examined on middle school student’s inferential reasoning (three years after the end of the program). Additionally, the research focused on reasoning about sample and sampling and the explanations students provided in their reasoning. The study investigated in a comparative way how 9th grade students inferred from samples to a population in a longitudinal research setting looking at students who participated in the program and those who joined the same school after it ended.

The study was part of the Connections project, a longitudinal research and development project held at an Israeli school lead by Dr. Dani Ben-Zvi. It was supported by a three year Advanced Studies Scholarship for Excellence of The Graduate Studies Authority,  the University of Haifa.

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