When teaching statistics (or data analysis) to elementary children, it is beneficial to use a problem-solving approach that incorporates meaningful tasks to enhance the students' learning. This was determined through a careful review of literature, observations of elementary teachers, and the creation and instruction of data analysis unit. The unit required the students to collect data on heights, organize the data in charts, and display the data in line plots. In addition, the students analyzed the data to recalculate the average and other measures of central tendency and to answer questions that arose through the implementation of the lessons. In conclusion, using a problem-solving approach to teach statistics (or any mathematics) to elementary children is highly recommended.
Botelho, Kayla Lee, "Teaching Statistics to Elementary Children: Using a Problem-Solving Approach to Enhance Learning" (2011). Honors Projects Overview. 49.
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