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Annotated exemplar: Mathematics and Statistics

This annotated exemplar helps teachers to support the literacy and language learning of students in mathematics and statistics. 

The annotations are made under the headings of Structure, Ideas and Information, Audience and Purpose, Language, and Accuracy. Hover over each of these headings below and click to read the annotations. To increase the size of the text, use the Ctrl + keys on your keyboard.

Curriculum:  Level 7 - Statistical Investigation

Students will: carry out investigations of phenomena, using the statistical enquiry cycle:

  • conducting experiments
  • evaluating the choice of measure for variables and data collection methods used
  • using relevant contextual knowledge, exploratory data analysis, and statistical inference.

 Secondary literacy exemplars teaching and learning responses: these notes provide assistance in supporting students to develop their writing at this level.

About the exemplar

This example was taken from a 2012 Achievement Standard 91265 - Conduct an experiment to investigate a situation using statistical methods

Exemplar Annotation Mathematics and Statistics Level 2 AS 91266 (PDF 101KB)

In this assessment activity the students conducted an experiment using statistical methods to investigate the factors affecting human movement or how human movement affects something else. The movement may have been small muscle movement such as handwriting or large muscle movement such as running. The students carried out their investigation, collected and analysed data, and then presented their findings in a written report.

 Teaching and learning in relation to literacy and language demands in writing

Students need to use writing to explain concepts, processes, and theories relevant to curriculum tasks.  They need to express increasingly sophisticated ideas and information, incorporate specialized vocabulary, and structure their responses according to purpose and audience.

Published on: 09 May 2016

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