id: 06624238
dt: j
an: 2016e.00539
au: Groth, Randall E.; Butler, Jaime; Nelson, Delmar
ti: Overcoming challenges in learning probability vocabulary.
so: Teach. Stat. 38, No. 3, 102-107 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Wiley (Wiley-Blackwell), Oxford; Teaching Statistics Trust (TST) c/o
University of Plymouth, Faculty of Education, Royal Statistical Society
Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE), Plymouth, Devon
la: EN
cc: E40 K50 D70 C50
ut: teaching; teaching statistics; probability; language; vocabulary
ci:
li: doi:10.1111/test.12109
ab: Summary: Students can struggle to understand and use terms that describe
probabilities. Such struggles lead to difficulties comprehending
classroom conversations. In this article, we describe some specific
misunderstandings a group of students (ages 11‒12) held in regard to
vocabulary such as “certain”, “likely” and “unlikely”. We
discuss our efforts to help the students use such terms appropriately.
In particular, we show how engaging students in a game requiring the
use of the terms helped them begin to develop their vocabulary more
fully. We also explain how a probability ladder visual organizer helped
students begin to organize their thinking about the meanings of terms
relative to one another.
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