Characterizing Year 11 Students’ Evaluation
of a Statistical Process
The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Evaluating the statistical process is considered a higher order skill and has received little emphasis in instruction. This study analyses thirty 15-year-old students’ responses to two statistics assessment tasks, which required evaluation of a statistical investigation. The SOLO taxonomy is used as a framework to develop a hierarchy of responses. Focusing on the quality of response allowed insight into and suggestions for how instruction might be improved. The implications for teaching, assessment, and the curriculum are discussed.
Keywords: Statistics education research; Evaluating statistical investigations; Assessment; SOLO taxonomy; Secondary students
Statistics Education Research Journal, 4(2), 5-26, http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/serj
Ó International Association for Statistical Education (IASE/ISI), Nov, 2005
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