The Ubiquitous Bell Curve: What It Does and Doesn’t Tell Us in Education

Mathematics and Numeracy
1 Hour Session
Friday Feb 16   02:15 PM to 03:15 PM (1 hour)
TELUS Convention Centre - Glen Room 206
Early Childhood Education (Pre K-Kindergarden)Division 1 (Grades 1-3)Division 2 (Grades 4-6)Division 3 (Grades 7-9)

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The bell curve is an extremely beautiful and elegant mathematical object that turns up – often in surprising ways – in all spheres of human life. The curve was first used by astronomers to correct errors in their observations, but it soon found important applications in the social and medical sciences in the eighteen hundreds. The bell curve also figures prominently in education as our school system is based on the implicit belief that there are natural, wide bell curves in achievement in students. Dr. Mighton will share evidence that this belief is false and he will describe how the arts and sciences, and society in general, might benefit if we rejected this belief.

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