Date of Award
Master of Education (MEd)
The Common Core State Standards have provided schools with a new set of required objectives. Specifically in the area of statistics and probability, seventh grade math teachers have new objectives they are required to teach, but they do not necessarily have the required knowledge or curriculum to meet the standards. The Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report and the college introductory level statistics curriculum Introduction to Statistical Investigations were used as resources and revised for the seventh grade level to teach the standards for seventh grade statistics during a three-week statistics and probability unit. Results of observations and written assessments indicated the inference-based approach effectively taught the students the required standards, with post-test scores averaging 12.75% better than pre-test scores. Revisions of the unit are ongoing in order to promote an even higher engagement level of the students and provide more real-life examples for both a seventh grade and full K-12 statistics education program.
Veenstra, Tammy, "Teaching Seventh Grade Statistics and Probability: An Inference Based Approach" (2014). Master of Education Program Theses. 1.