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Students' understanding of conditional probability on entering university


Reaburn, R, Students' understanding of conditional probability on entering university, Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 7-11 July 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 570-577. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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An understanding of conditional probability is essential for students of inferential statistics as it is used in Null Hypothesis Tests. Conditional probability is also used in Bayes' theorem, in the interpretation of medical screening tests and in quality control procedures. This study examines the understanding of conditional probability of students entering an introductory applied statistics unit at an Australian university. These students answered questions that tested their ability to interpret conditional statements in two-way tables and their ability to discern the difference between a conditional statement and its inverse in written form. They also answered questions to determine if they held the time-axis fallacy.

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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:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Reaburn, R (Dr Robyn Reaburn)
ID Code:85622
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-07-24
Last Modified:2018-03-20
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