Engaging teachers and students with real data: benefits and challenges

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Using real data in statistics education provides significant benefits for both teachers and students. In this chapter, considerations faced by teachers when using real data are explored with regard to student engagement and learning, as well as potential pedagogical issues. To address these issues, suggestions for obtaining and using real data are offered, as is the description of a successful example of a primary data collection project - Census at School. The chapter concludes by considering the use of real data in the training of teachers, and extends the example of Census at School to explore Canadian professional development workshops for elementary teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Statistics in School Mathematics-Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education: A Joint ICMI/IASE Study: The 18th ICMI Study
EditorsCarmen Batanero, Gail Burrill, Chris Reading
Place of PublicationDordrecht Netherlands
Pages335 - 346
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789400711303
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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