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Session 6G. Research into Teaching and Learning Probability

Session Organizer(s)

Antonio Estepa (Spain)

Session Abstract

Probability is being introduced today at school levels in an increasing number of countries and the approach in teaching is changing to a more experimental and frequentist view of probability where children are encouraged to do experiments and conform their results with their previous expectations. Research on probabilistic reasoning has shown, however, that probabilistic intuition is sometimes misleading even in adults.

While this research provides valuable information to teachers, it mainly comes from Psychology and has not taken into account organized instruction on probability. Much research on the current teaching practices and on the effect of instruction is still needed to be able to design new didactical activities to teach probability to children and adolescents.

In this session we will present examples of recent research focused on children's probabilistic thinking and their change with instruction, innovative teaching ideas in the field of probability, simulation, the frequentist approach to teaching probability and the analysis of textbooks.


Presentation 6G1 Introducing the Study of Random Situations and their Model Building Process to 14-15 Years Old Students Cileda de Queiroz Silva Coutinho (Brazil)
Presentation 6G2 Teaching Probability and Statistics to 10 Years Old Children Marie Berrondo-Agrell (France)
Presentation 6G3 On the Use of Paradoxes in the Teaching of Probability
Talma Leviatan (Israel)
Presentation 6G4 Misconceptions in Probability Li Jun (China)
Lionel Pereira-Mendoza (Singapore)

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