Developing statistical thinking
This module will help you develop your knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the learning of statistics particularly at Key Stages 2 to 4. As well as improving your statistical thinking, you’ll learn about different teaching approaches, including use of ICT tools such as scientific calculators and computers. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete the module assessment, you'll need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics.
What you will study
This module will broaden your grasp of the ‘big ideas’ of statistics and how people learn and use them, and:
- develop your data handling skills and statistical thinking
- raise your awareness of the importance of learners being able to collect, analyse and interpret data to solve problems
- provide experience of different teaching approaches and the learning opportunities they afford
- develop your awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning and teaching of statistics
- develop your knowledge and understanding of the statistical ideas underpinning Key Stage 2–4.
The module consists of four blocks, covering the following:
Block 1: describing, comparing and interrelating with words and numbers; uncertainty.
Block 2: describing, comparing and interrelating with pictures; picturing probability.
Block 3: describing, comparing and interrelating with ICT; probability with ICT.
Block 4: modelling; statistical investigation; teaching and learning statistics.
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You will learn
Successful study of this module should enhance your skills in:
- communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly
- explaining mathematical ideas to others.
This module may help you to gain membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). For further information, see the IMA website.
There is no formal pre-requisite study. However,
- you should be over 18
- your own level of mathematics should be at least GCSE Grade B (or equivalent)
- you do need to have a reasonable standard of spoken and written English
- to complete the assessment, you'll need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics. It is possible for friends or family members to act as your learners, but it is preferable if you can work with some secondary age children.
You can find out more about our mathematics education modules here.
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You will need
It would be very helpful, but not compulsory, to have access to a scientific calculator – the recommended models are either the TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
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