Professional Development: Preparing Teachers to Present Techniques of Exploratory Data Analysis

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  • 1 Teach courses in mathematics and mathematics education at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Why Study Statistics? We are bombarded every day with an overwhelming amount of information presented in various forms. If we are to interpret and understand the information, we must be familiar with the methods and tools of statistics. Developing an understanding and an appreciation of statistics should begin in the elementary school classroom. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics's document Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1989) states that the mathematics curricula for grades K-4 and 5-8 should include experiences with data analysis that involve students in collecting, organizing, describing, and interpreting data. Burrill (1990) suggests that such experiences should use real data whenever possible, progress from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract, and use calculators and computers whenever appropriate.

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Christine Browning, Dwayne Channell, and Ruth Meyer has an interest in mathematicscurriculum development with particular emphasis on the uses of computing technology.

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