A Framework to Support Research on Informal Inferential Reasoning.

Andrew Zieffler, Joan Garfield, Robert delMas, Chris Reading

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Informal inferential reasoning is a relatively recent concept in the research literature. Several research studies have defined this type of cognitive process in slightly different ways. In this paper, a working definition of informal inferential reasoning based on an analysis of the key aspects of statistical inference, and on research from educational psychology, science education, and mathematics education is presented. Based on the literature reviewed and the working definition, suggestions are made for the types of tasks that can be used to study the nature and development of informal inferential reasoning. Suggestions for future research are offered along with implications for teaching.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-58
Number of pages19
JournalStatistics Education Research Journal. Statistics Education Research Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008


  • Cognitive Processes
  • Cognitive Structures
  • Educational Research
  • Instruction
  • Introductory Courses
  • Statistical Inference
  • Statistics


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