Quantitative Literacy in Elementary and Middle School

(Alias: Using Real Data to Motivate Students to Learn Mathematics)

SMED 769F, Spring 2000

Meeting Dates:

January 17 - May 1, 2000

Class Hours:

Mondays, 4:30-7:30 PM


Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, Room 209


Gwen Johnson

Gloria W. Allen


Ruth Patrick Science Ed. Center


USC Aiken

USC Aiken


(803) 648-6851, Ext. 3552 (O)

(803) 648-6851, Ext. 3592 (O)

(803) 649-6483 (H)

(803) 648-2640 (H)

Course Goal:

The goal of this course is to give the teacher-participants a framework within which to organize instruction and some immediately useful ideas for integrating measurement, probability, statistics and graphing in the elementary and middle school classroom.


Course Description:

This course is for teachers seeking ideas to support an active mathematics classroom. Students will be involved in motivational, hands-on activities designed to teach elementary statistics content and methodologies that are appropriate for grades K-8. They will learn data exploration techniques through a problem solving approach. They will learn to formulate questions about a problem and investigate the problem by gathering, organizing, representing, describing and interpreting the data.

Participants will learn various sampling techniques, plan a survey or experiment, and discuss the role of statistics in society. Students will explore fair and unfair games. They will investigate probability through data collection and analysis using calculators and computers as tools. They will use these skills to develop integrated learning modules for their students. Participants will receive materials to support hands-on instruction.

Experiences in this course will give teachers concrete models that may be used to implement the NCTM Standards, the S.C. Mathematics Curriculum Standards in mathematics, and the statistics guidelines recommended by the American Statistical Association (ASA).


Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students should be able to:

1.0 Solve problems using real data.

2.0 Gather and explore data.

3.0 Organize and represent data.

4.0 Describe data

5.0 Interpret data.

6.0 Discuss critical attributes of sound sampling techniques.

7.0 Plan investigations (experiments and surveys).

8.0 Support inferential thinking.

9.0 Recognize the role of statistics in society.

10.0 Apply elementary probability terminology.

11.0 Use probability as a measure.

12.0 Compute experimental and theoretical probabilities.

13.0 Describe two technologies commonly used in statistics.

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