Statistics and probability is one of the strands of the Australian Curriculum Mathematics that could easily be presented as a stand-alone strand or just as easily incorporated into many other curriculum areas.
The proficiency strands of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning are supported well in this learning strand. When related to students' experiences, understanding chance situations in their lives leads to fluency, problem-solving and reasoning skills. Data representation and interpretation is also a skill students can grasp well and even enjoy, if it is presented in a way they can relate to and understand. The content must be meaningful to students in order for them to efficiently present and interpret data they gather. As students work through the outcomes they will come to realise that in order to collect useful data, it is important for them to be able to phrase questions in a way that is appropriate for their investigation. In some cases, students will discover that a question needs to be rephrased in order to narrow a field of study. For example, 'What is your favourite food?' could be refined to, 'What is your favourite breakfast food/snack food/dinner?'
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