Timothy Burgess

Doctor of Education
Study Completed: 2007
College of Education


Thesis Title
Investigating the Nature of Teacher Knowledge Needed and Used in Teaching Statistics

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Mr Burgess explored the teacher knowledge needed for teaching statistics through investigations at the primary school level. The school mathematics curriculum is undergoing some significant changes with regard to the teaching approaches being advocated. These changes reflect international developments in statistics education. Consequently, little is currently known about what knowledge teachers need and actually use while they are teaching statistics. The research was conducted in primary school classrooms, based on a framework that was developed for analysing the types of knowledge needed and used during a sequence of lessons involving statistics investigations. The study’s findings contribute significant new insights into the knowledge needed by primary school teachers, if they are to provide their students with the best learning opportunities. The study has important implications for both initial teacher education and the professional development of practising teachers.

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