Something strange and useless

Service students conceptions of statistics, learning statistics and using statistics in their future profession

Peter Petocz*, Anna Reid

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Abstract

We investigae the views of service students about statistics, learning statistics and using statistics in their future profession, based on information obtained from a series of interviews analysed using a phenomenographic approach. In previous studies, we have described statistics major students conceptions of their subject and their learning. Our main conclusion is that, contrary to expectations, service students show the same range of variation in their views as do statistics major students. We examine the implications of our findings for the development of pedagogical approaches and learning materials that help students in such situations learn statistics effectively, and enhance their use of statistics as a tool in their future professional lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-800
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2005

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