Teachers' professional development needs in data handling and probability

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dc.contributor.author Nieuwoudt, Hercules David
dc.contributor.author Wessels, Helena
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-03T09:26:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-03T09:26:36Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Wessels, H. & Nieuwoudt, H.D. 2011. Teachers' professional development needs in data handling and probability. Pythagoras, 32(1):1-9. [http://www.pythagoras.org.za/index.php/pythagoras] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1012-2346
dc.identifier.issn 2223-7895
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7808
dc.description.abstract Poor Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS) results and widespread disappointing mathematics results in South Africa necessitate research-based and more efficient professional development for in-service mathematics teachers. This article reports on the profiling of mathematics teachers’ statistical knowledge, beliefs and confidence in order to inform the development of in-service teacher education programmes in statistics for Grade 8 and Grade 9 teachers. Ninety mathematics teachers from schools with culturally diverse learner populations in an urban region in South Africa were profiled using an adapted profiling instrument (Watson, 2001). Although statistics formed part of quite a number of these teachers’ initial teacher education and about half of them were involved in professional development in statistics education, they still teach traditionally, rather than using a more data driven approach. Teachers indicated high levels of confidence in teaching most statistics topics but showed low levels of statistical thinking when they had to apply their knowledge of concepts, such as sample and average in social contexts including newspaper articles and research reports. en_US
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/pythagoras.v32i1.10
dc.description.uri http://www.pythagoras.org.za/index.php/pythagoras/article/viewFile/10/10
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AOSIS en_US
dc.title Teachers' professional development needs in data handling and probability en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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