Pushing Probability and Statistics Tasks in a New Direction
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Along with the increased emphasis on probability and statistics in the school curricula of countries across the world has come increased research on how primary and secondary students reason about these topics. Slower to emerge has been research aimed at what preservice teachers know about probability and statistics, and how best to develop their conceptions of key aspects of these content strands. Specifically, while attention is often paid to notions of randomness, graph sense, and the meaning of an average, less attention is paid to developing the critical notion of variation, or variability in data and chance. Therefore, the activities and tasks profiled in this chapter, while embracing several contexts in the realm of probability and statistics, are based on recommendations from emerging research suggesting that a focus be put on variability.
KeywordsPreservice Teacher Prospective Teacher Statistics Task Initial Arrangement Elementary Preservice Teacher
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