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# Four Common Statistical Misconceptions You Should Avoid

Statistics have become a fixture of modern society. We read them in news stories and they're used to determine policies that will affect every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, many people wildly misinterpret them in fundamental ways.

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Great discussion starters.

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Several good, basic things to know about using simple statistics.  A quote from the article that I like:  "Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value." Bill

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excerpt: "Statistics are heavily math-based, but they're used to analyze real-world scenarios and situations. Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value. Reliance on numbers as an unbiased representation of reality is comforting, but without tying it to real-life people and situations, the information borders on worthless."

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excerpt: "Statistics are heavily math-based, but they're used to analyze real-world scenarios and situations. Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value. Reliance on numbers as an unbiased representation of reality is comforting, but without tying it to real-life people and situations, the information borders on worthless."

# Mathematics in Australian schools

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## Why do people hate mathematics? - YouTube

With thanks to http://www.audible.com/numberphile Featuring Professor Edward Frenkel, from the University of California, Berkeley. Author of Love & Math. htt...

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Why do (some) people hate mathematics?

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I wish I would have Prof. Frenkel as my math teacher when I were in the college. His passionate explanation why we fail to motivate and teach people math is quite honest. The psychology behind this is real and I would probably add that math teaching should focus more on underlying concepts and not a computing drill. It is 2014 after all and we do have the computers...

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## Superstitious Numbers Around the World

Depending on what country you are in, different superstitions may exist for numbers other than unlucky 13.
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I am sure Australian students will have others. I would add 87 (13 less than 100) for Australian cricketers. And apparently 111 is unlucky for English cricketers.
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## Field-Testing the Math Apps

With the advent of interactive touch screens, educational apps have taken off. Until recently, there has been little research into their effectiveness, but that is starting to change.
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Clearly sifting the wheat from the chaff in apps is another 'new' job for teachers. But having done so it is certainly worth sharing that with parents and grandparents...there is such a lot of chaff out there!

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## Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math?

Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level...
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The findings interesting; but the construction that 3d visual and spatial skills are in some ways distinct from 'math' capabilities is absurd and unhelpful when considering whole 21st century children. Must be a 'psychologist thing'.

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## A project on assessment of mathematics in universities

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Seems there is interest in assessment in mathematics in the tertiary sector that has some similarities with what teachers and schools are grappling with, and how to go about it. Might be good to explore similarities and differences

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## Qualified Math Teachers Elusive for Struggling Students, Studies Find

In many U.S. schools, students struggling the most in mathematics at the start of high school have the worst odds of getting a qualified teacher in the subject, new research finds.
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Plenty of anecdotal repoirts this is the case in AU too...

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## Interventions That Work- Sutton Trust EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit | Great Maths Teaching Ideas

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From the UK, but many of the strategies are in use/promoted here in AU. And the strategies are not specific to mathematics, of course

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Summary of which intervention strategies for improving pupil progress actually work

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## Don't Trust the Applause - ScienceNOW

Don't Trust the Applause - ScienceNOW
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Interesting application of mathematics. And it exemplifies the notion that one of the great strengths of mathematical thinking is that it looks for evidence, and asks off-beat questions that can really illuminate what is going on.

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## rtx121001408p.pdf

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Always interestingto have the perspective of a sympathetic outsider. Actually, my interest in the article was piqued by some discussion of Hattie's work. Clearly influential, but could be seen as supporting the mythology of a 'holy grail' in mathematics education.

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## The Museum of Mathematics

The Museum of Mathematics: Inspiring math exploration and discovery
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I know Questacon in Canberra has done some good things with mathematics 'exhibits' and travelling shows over the years. But there is a real case for a mathematics-specific 'institution' like this to make sure mathematics doesn't always play second fiddle to science.

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## Teachers: Will We Ever Learn?

Thirty years later, we’re still “a nation at risk.”
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It seems to me that addressing the nature of a teacher's professional life and work is increasingly central. But can/will the policy makers get it in time?

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## Global Pulse | Harnessing innovation to protect the vulnerable

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Another example of mathematics directly impacting on people's lives; and telling that it is in the context of supporting the most vulnerable via the UN.

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## National science standards likely to raise 'ruckus'

New academic standards promise to revive simmering debates about how to teach science in the USA's public schools.
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Science on a maths in schools site. Well, first thing to say that there is an increasing emphasis on STEM (Science, Technolology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. So we in mathematics need to look at those 'other' areas – what can we learn, what might we profitably collaborate on etc.

So in that context, the notion that there be 'more depth, less width' resonates with what I hear many teachers talking about mathematics in Australia. The extent to which the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics in its first incarnation has delivered on this is a matter that we and ACARA need to look focus on as it was a key intention at the writing stage.

Moving to the 'process' I was taken by the fifth paragraph. In the US, the National Research Council is the 'working arm' of the academies and in no way a government entity. The other groups are also outside of government.

So what we have is the 'people' – teachers, academics – getting on the front foot about science curriculum. These are the people who care about and are committed to science education.

Contrast this with the Australian approach in which curriculum – and teaching standards – are essentially the province of governments. Might Australian STEM eductaion benefit from this different paradigm, as illustrated by the groups behind this development in the US?

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## RD : Questioning the standards of literacy and numeracy | ACER

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Perhaps policy makers need to be clear about the different measures and what they can tell them/us. Oris it ur job to educate them?

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## Illuminations: Success Stories

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Just found this on the NCTM site...stories fit the US context of course; but it is a very nice idea in the context of all the negativity about teachers and teaching.

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## Four Common Statistical Misconceptions You Should Avoid

Statistics have become a fixture of modern society. We read them in news stories and they're used to determine policies that will affect every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, many people wildly misinterpret them in fundamental ways.

Via Bill Bentley
Will Morony's insight:

Great discussion starters.

Bill Bentley's curator insight,

Several good, basic things to know about using simple statistics.  A quote from the article that I like:  "Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value." Bill

Sharrock's curator insight,

excerpt: "Statistics are heavily math-based, but they're used to analyze real-world scenarios and situations. Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value. Reliance on numbers as an unbiased representation of reality is comforting, but without tying it to real-life people and situations, the information borders on worthless."

Sharrock's curator insight,

excerpt: "Statistics are heavily math-based, but they're used to analyze real-world scenarios and situations. Separated from reality, statistics are of limited value. Reliance on numbers as an unbiased representation of reality is comforting, but without tying it to real-life people and situations, the information borders on worthless."

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## When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data

The national exam produces the most widely valued test data in the country, but that information is often put to questionable use, researchers say.
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The NAEP is the major student assessment program in the USA. The matter of inappropriate of NAPLAN data was a concern expressed by some AAMT members at the recent AAMT conference. So the parallels are there. The article coins the word 'misnaepery' to describe the misuse of data. Is there a case for 'misnaplanery'?

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## It's time we draft Aussie Rules to tackle Indigenous mathematics

When discussing how to embed Indigenous Australian knowledge and practices into the Australian national curriculum effectively – particularly the maths curriculum – there’s no better place to start than…...
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Raises a lot of questions.

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## 8 math talks to blow your mind | TED Blog

Mathematics gets down to work in these talks, breathing life and logic into everyday problems. Prepare for math puzzlers.
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Some inspiration here...

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## How To Use Math To Crush Your Friends At Monopoly Like You've Never Done Before

Your opponent won't know what hit them. (How To Use Math To Crush Your Friends At Monopoly Like You've Never Done Before http://t.co/9EpLRgGZsE)

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Only downside is that it refers to the US version of the game...so no Whitechapel Rd, Pall Mall etc. (although as I write that I realise it is really just a change from the UK to the US as our 'cultural oppressor'!

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I tell my Six Sigma students that I used loaded dice to play games with my children when they were young and took all their allowance money to teach them that gambling is bad.  It worked.  They do not gamble as adults.

Here is a rather complex but interesting article about how to use knowledge of the statistics of the Monopoly game to take even more of their money.   Happy child rearing!  :-)

PS.  Your spouse will most likely refund their allowance when you aren't looking but they will still remember the lesson....

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interesting byut potential for #deathbypowerpoint

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## Maths and science education Views & Research - The Conversation

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Will the mainstream media pick up this 'conversation', I wonder...

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## Mathematician's Delight : W.W. Sawyer : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

W.W. Sawyer Mathematician's Delight Penguin Books Ltd. 1943 Acrobat 7 Pdf 8.83 Mb. Scanned by artmisa using Canon DR2580C + flatbed option
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I am ashamed to admit that I have not read this book...yet! Many people whose opinions I highly respect have recommended it just recently. In conversation on the AAMT Mathematics Discussion list (you can join if you have a google account. Go to  http://groups.google.com/a/aamt.edu.au/group/discuss/?hl=en-GB)

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A chance to find out how MOOCs work; and Jo Boaler has been quite influential in Australia and other English speaking countries.

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## The Classroom Experiment

The experiment by Dylan Williams which demonstrate how to close the achievement gap. smug gives teachers some suggestion on how to better improve the classroom with things that are not costly whatsoever. As a result, the students go through a transformation that changes their perception of learning.

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Is there an Australian professor of education out there willing to take on this challege?

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## Big Data’s Impact in the World

For those who can make sense of the explosion of data, there are job opportunities in fields as diverse as crime, retail and dating.
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Seems this is a development under the radar of the people for whom it does have really profound implications.

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