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Malaysian Students' Misconceptions about Measures of Central Tendency: An Error Analysis

Ismail, Zaleha and Chan, Shiau Wei (2015) Malaysian Students' Misconceptions about Measures of Central Tendency: An Error Analysis. In: 2nd ISM International Statistical Conference 2014: Empowering the Applications of Statistical and Mathematical Sciences, ISM 2014, 12 - 14 August 2014, Kuantan, Pahang.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4907430


Earlier studies revealed that students encountered difficulties in understanding the concept of measures of central tendency. However, there is negligible empirical support concerning this problem in Malaysian context. Thus, the purpose of this study is to identify misconceptions held by tenth grade students from Malaysian secondary schools regarding measures of central tendency. The instrument used was a statistical reasoning test. It was administered to 412 tenth grade students from nine different schools. Overall, the results demonstrated that tenth grade students held considerable misconceptions about measures of central tendency. Interestingly, some misconceptions were new which had not been identified in previous research. This study provides implications for instructors and researchers planning learning goals as well as designing instructional activities and assessments for future studies.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Misconceptions, Secondary education
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
ID Code:59364
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:18 Jan 2017 01:50
Last Modified:10 Apr 2022 05:32

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