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We live in a world rich in data and statistics, for example in health, sport, or the workplace.

In recognition of this paradigm, probability and statistics have taken on an increasing importance within the maths curriculum. This has provided a challenge for both new and experienced maths teachers who may wish to learn more about the context and content of the curriculum, as well as best practice techniques to overcome some misconceptions students may have.

In this short course, learners will be asked to reflect on the their knowledge of statistics and how it relates to 21st century learning. Statistical language and communication including digital approaches will also be considered. Learners will have the opportunity to engage with and learn about important topics typically taught in both primary and secondary mathematics.

The learning objectives for this course are that you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of and skills with mathematical concepts and procedures related to statistics and probability
  • Demonstrate advanced reasoning, problem solving, fluency and understanding in the thinking, teaching, and doing of probability and statistics
  • Explain probability and statistics concepts to target audiences

Your learning activity

As the purpose of this course is to develop your ability to explain statistics and probability concepts to students, the learning activity will challenge you to choose two concepts and write a script on how you would teach this to students. It is recommended that you choose one from the junior high curriculum and one from the senior high curriculum, and it is also recommended that you choose one from statistics and one from probability.

You can then share this script with other learners to receive feedback and give some to others who have shared if you would like.

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