An exploration of students' statistical thinking using the SOLO Taxonomy

Year: 1995

Author: Pegg, John, Reading, Chris

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

There has been a growing recognition throughout Australia of the place of statistics in the school curriculum. Part of the impetus for this has been the strand status offered statistics (within Chance and Data) in A National Statement in Mathematics for Australian Schools. As expected, this change of emphasis in the curriculum has been mirrored by similar changes in the research agenda. An important aspect of research has been the consideration of what is meant by 'statistical thinking'. This paper takes up this theme by considering students' responses to two open-ended tasks which require both the interpretation of data and the drawing of inferences. To assist in this process the SOLO Taxonomy is employed as the theoretical framework.