The purpose of this activity is to engage students in setting up for a statistical investigation by posing a question within the context given.
In readiness for this problem, the students should have familiarity with each of the following components of mathematics. The problem may be solved with different combinations of these components.
- Carrying out an investigation
- Investigating to answer a (statistical) question
- Posing a (statistical)question
- Considering possible responses to a (statistical) question
This activity may be carried out with guidance, or by allowing the student to follow their own chain of reasoning. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with students’ skills and depth of understanding. The most likely form of feedback/evidence from the student in this activity is via discussion.
The procedural approach (show more)
- The student is able, with guidance, to pose a suitable question for investigation and to suggest possible responses.
Prompts from the teacher could be:
- What are you investigating?
- Pose a question to investigate.
- What answer would you give this question today?
- What sort of answers might other students in your class give?
The conceptual approach (show more)
- The student is able to pose a question for investigation and to suggest possible responses.