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Exploring one studentís intuitive ideas about chance using TinkerPlots


Wright, S and Watson, J and Fitzallen, N, Exploring one student's intuitive ideas about chance using TinkerPlots, Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 24, (1) pp. 23-29. ISSN 1326-0286 (2019) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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The intersection of the "real" world and mathematics when dealing with uncertainty can present challenges for beginners. At one extreme, in the real world we talk about the informal chance of many kinds of events, such as our team winning a game, going to the movies on the weekend, getting the flu, or going shopping. At the other extreme, mathematics provides us with a way of precisely calculating theoretical probabilities for specific events. Between these two extremes there are opportunities to plan activities and carry out trials to give estimates of the chances of a particular outcome of a real-world event, or to find out if a particular random-generator reflects the theoretical probability we expect from mathematics. A series of activities using 2- and 4-colour spinners with equally likely outcomes was trialled on a Year 4 student. Concrete, hands-on materials were first introduced before moving to a computerised random-generator. Of interest was the studentís understanding of chance-related concepts and her development across the activities.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:chance, variation, expectation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wright, S (Mrs Suzie Wright)
UTAS Author:Watson, J (Professor Jane Watson)
UTAS Author:Fitzallen, N (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
ID Code:132839
Year Published:2019
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150100120)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-05-22
Last Modified:2019-06-14

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