Examining Student Conceptions of Covariation: A Focus on the Line of Best Fit

Tuesday, May 12th, 201512:00 pm – 12:30 pm ET

Presented by: Stephanie Casey, Eastern Michigan University


This webinar will present research regarding students' conceptions of the line of best fit prior to formal instruction on the topic. Task-based interviews were conducted with thirty-three eighth grade students, focused on tasks that asked them to place the line of best fit on a scatterplot and explain their reasoning as they did so. Results regarding descriptions and categorizations of students' meanings of the line of best fit and criteria they use when placing it will be presented, including video excerpts of the student interviews. Implications for the teaching and learning of the line of best fit will be discussed.