id: 02356364
dt: j
an: 2004a.00653
au: Brousseau, Guy; Brousseau, Nadine; Warfield, Virginia
ti: An experiment on the teaching of statistics and probability.
so: J. Math. Behav. 20, No. 3, 363-411 (2001).
py: 2001
pu: Elsevier, New York, NY
la: EN
cc: K12
ut: fundamental situation; randomizer; situation of institutionalization;
decision intervals
ci:
li: doi:10.1016/S0732-3123(02)00078-0
ab: Few fields within mathematics generate more anxiety of more misconceptions
than probability and statistics. In the 1970s, Guy Brousseau
experimented with some ideas for an introduction to these fields that
could, by its timing and nature, forestall both of these problems. He
was at that point in the early stages of developing Didactique,
otherwise known as The Theory of Situations. This article gives a
description of the experiment, which consisted of a series of lesson
sessions carried out by his wife in her fourth grade classroom. The
description provides a window on the development of such situations.
Accompanying the description is a discussion explaining, from
Brousseauâ€™s current standpoint, the choices made, their consequences
and the implications of the experiment in terms of childrenâ€™s ability
to internalize the idea of randomness, of some elements of
constructivist theories and of the level of mathematical background
required in order for students to be able to approach the ideas of
probability and statistics. (orig.)
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