Building Concept Images of Fundamental Ideas in Statistics: The Role of Technology
Having a coherent mental structure for a concept is necessary for students to make sense of and use the concept in appropriate and meaningful ways. Dynamically linked documents based on TI© Nspire technology can provide students with opportunities to build such mental structures by taking meaningful statistical actions, identifying the consequences, and reflecting on those consequences, with appropriate instructional guidance. The collection of carefully sequenced documents is based on research about student misconceptions and challenges in learning statistics. Initial analysis of data from preservice elementary teachers in an introductory statistics course highlights their progress in using the documents to cope with variability in a variety of contextual situations.
KeywordsConcept image Deviation Distribution Interactive dynamic visualization Mean Variability
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