The purpose of this activity is to engage students in carrying out a statistical investigation, from posing a question through to carrying out a survey to using their findings to making a recommendation.

The background knowledge and skills that need to be established before and/or during this activity are outlined in the diagram below:

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This activity may be carried out with step by step guidance, or by allowing the student to follow their own method of solution. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with students' skills and depth of understanding.

A Year 8 class is moving into the new prefab classroom.

The teacher has been allowed to furnish the room as she wants, so she decided to base her plan on feedback from the class on how students today tend to work best.

Using your own class as a representative sample, carry out a statistical investigation as to what sort of furniture and/or layout suits students best for learning.

### The procedural approach (show more)

- The student is able to pose a question, carry out a statistical investigation and use their findings to make a recommendation.

### The conceptual approach (show more)

- The student is able to pose a question, carry out a statistical investigation and use their findings to make a recommendation that incorporates the context of the problem.