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Studentsí understanding of randomness after an introductory tertiary statistics course


Reaburn, R, Students' understanding of randomness after an introductory tertiary statistics course, Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 30 June - 4 July 2019, Perth, Australia, pp. 572-579. ISBN 978-1-920846-31-2 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Random sampling and random allocation are essential processes in the practice of inferential statistics. These processes ensure that all members of a population are equally likely to be selected, and that all possible allocations in an experiment are equally likely. It is these characteristics that allow the validity of the subsequent calculations that use probabilistic reasoning. This paper suggests that despite the importance of these processes, students may poorly understand the characteristics of these processes, and the reasons for them. The paper concludes with suggestions for the improvement of teaching these topics.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:student randomness
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Reaburn, R (Dr Robyn Reaburn)
ID Code:133812
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-07-11
Last Modified:2020-09-11

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