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A comparative analysis of Brazilian and American environments related to the statistics and probability of curricular implementation in basic education

Grant number: 07/03114-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - New Frontiers
Effective date (Start): January 03, 2008
Effective date (End): December 06, 2008
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Educational Teaching and Learning
Principal Investigator:Celi Aparecida Espasandin Lopes
Grantee:Celi Aparecida Espasandin Lopes
Host: Denise Anne Spangler Mewborn
Home Institution: Pró-Reitoria de Pós-Graduação e Pesquisa. Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul (UNICSUL). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : University of Georgia (UGA), United States  

Abstract

The aim of this project is to analyze the process of curricular implementation of statistics and probability in mathematics classes of Elementary and High School in a Brazilian school and in an American one, through a comparison of the classes and of the didactic materials used in the two different contexts. From this analysis, it intends to promote the organization of research lines in order to establish statistical education in Elementary and High Scholl as a research subject, what could enable the formation of researchers on the teaching and learning process of combinatory analysis, probability and statistics. As well, it intends to discuss the initial and the continuous formation of teachers who develop these topics in their classes and to verify the influences of these processes in their professional development. This research is essentially qualitative and interpretative and the analysis of the questionnaires applied to the students has just a qualitative treatment. We will build two cases, one regarding the Brazilian school and another the American one, which will be afterwards compared and contrasted. With these methodological procedures, we expect to produce a double impact: one in the researchers' formation and in the researches on Mathematical and Statistical Education, another in the elaboration of curriculums for Elementary and High Scholl and for the courses of initial and continuous formation of teachers who teach Mathematics in the differtent educational levels. (AU)