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Teaching of elementary probability: Not leaving it to chance


Chick, HL and Baker, M, Teaching of elementary probability: Not leaving it to chance, Building Connections: Theory, Research and Practice, 7 - 9 July 2005, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 233-249. ISBN 1-920846-09-3 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]


This paper considers the role of content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in the teaching of probability to Grade 5 students. Lessons of two teachers were studied to determine the activities and teaching strategies used to bring out ideas associated with chance, and examine how probability understanding is developed in class. The lessons are shown to be rich in deep probabilistic ideas. The complex interplay between these concepts was sometimes handled well by the teachers, whereas on other occasions gaps in content and pedagogical content knowledge had the potential to cause misconceptions for students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Chick, HL (Associate Professor Helen Chick)
ID Code:79191
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-08-21
Last Modified:2012-08-21

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