
06624238
j
2016e.00539
Groth, Randall E.
Butler, Jaime
Nelson, Delmar
Overcoming challenges in learning probability vocabulary.
Teach. Stat. 38, No. 3, 102107 (2016).
2016
Wiley (WileyBlackwell), Oxford; Teaching Statistics Trust (TST) c/o University of Plymouth, Faculty of Education, Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE), Plymouth, Devon
EN
E40
K50
D70
C50
teaching
teaching statistics
probability
language
vocabulary
doi:10.1111/test.12109
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 1112) 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.