The Role of Representations in Solving Statistical Problems and the Translation Ability of Fifth and Sixth Grade Students

By Sofia D. Anastasiadou.

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The present study aimed to examine the role of representations in solving statistical problems and to investigate fifth and sixth grade students’ translation ability and its relation to problem solving ability. A test sample consisted of 10 translation exercises in the different fields of representations- verbal, tabular, graphical and algebraic, was administered to 300 fifth and sixth grade primary school students. Methods of implicative statistical analysis and linear regression analysis were used to analyse the data. The results showed that there is no semantic congruence between the different representations. The translation tasks from the graphical to the verbal form were the easier for the students, while translation task from graphical or and tabular form to verbal (Provision) were the most difficult. The results also showed that translation ability is related to problem solving ability.

Keywords: Representations, Statistics, Solving Ability

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 10, pp.125-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.360KB).

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Lecturer, Department of Pre-School Education, University of West Macedonia, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a Master degree in Mathematics Education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in Multidimensional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently a Lecturer of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart form Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published several papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.

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