Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/8375
Title: Student's Causal Explanations for Distribution
Contributor(s): Prodromou, Theodosia  (author)orcid ; Pratt, Dave (author)
Publication Date: 2009
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/8375
Abstract: This paper presents a case study of two students aged 14-15, as they attempt to make sense of distribution, adopting a range of causal meanings for the variation observed in the animated computer display and in the graphs generated by the simulation. The students' activity is analysed through dimensions of complex causality. The results indicate support for our conjecture that carefully designed computer simulations can offer new ways for harnessing causality to facilitate students' meaning-making for variation in distributions of data. In order to bridge the deterministic and the stochastic, the students transfer agency to specially designed active representations of distributional parameters, such as average and speed.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: CERME 6 - 6th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Lyon, France, 28th January - 1st February, 2009
Conference Details: CERME 6 - 6th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Lyon, France, 28th January - 1st February, 2009
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Sixth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, p. 394-403
Publisher: INRP: Institut National de Recherche Pedagogique [French Institute of Education]
Place of Publication: Online
Field of Research (FOR): 010404 Probability Theory
010406 Stochastic Analysis and Modelling
130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930103 Learner Development
930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.inrp.fr/publications/edition-electronique/cerme6/wg3-06-prodromou.pdf
http://www.inrp.fr/editions/editions-electroniques/cerme6
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