580 EVALUATION ON A DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS CURRICULUM UNIT IN THE HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM

Yuang-Tswong Lue, Taipei Junior
unpublished
A descriptive statistics unit is integrated in the contemporary high school mathematics curriculum in Taiwan. College teachers, high school mathematics teachers, and students were asked to make comments and reactions. High school students were given a test to understand their learning difficulties. Generally speaking, the college teachers and the high school teachers had a positive evaluation on the curriculum and teaching materials. However, the high school students had a negative reaction.
more » ... gative reaction. The principal reasons were the unclearness of some statistical concepts and some sections in the textbook and its dull content. Despite this, the students thought that their achievement was good because most content is easy. The students' mean score of the test was also satisfactory. Using a calculator for calculations was not encouraged. The concept of statistical index and the complicated computations or formulae were the difficulties of learning. Therefore, their learning interest was low. The college teachers and the high school mathematics teachers generally thought that descriptive statistics is important, necessary, and appropriate for the high school students. But the high school students did not agree. PURPOSE AND RESEARCH QUESTIONS This study was to evaluate the descriptive statistics chapter in Volume 4 of the contemporary mathematics course for the high school in Taiwan. The purpose was to explore the following research questions:
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