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Title: A modelling approach to probability: analysing students' conceptual structures
Contributor(s): Prodromou, Theodosia  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstract: This research study investigates how middle school students use probability to model random behaviour in real-world contexts and how they articulated fundamental probabilistic concepts to show aspects of the mental models that they generated. This article is concerned with the conceptual structures that the students develop when exploring computer-based simulations. The results suggest that the students relied on their experience to provide a context reality from which to construct their mental model of the situation, from which they then defined the probability model. While the students attempted to build mental models, they checked the adequacy of the mapping between their probability models and reality by interrogating the context of their personal experiences. The results also suggest that the way students express this relationship between signal and noise seems to have a particular importance in building comprehensive models that link observed data to modelling distributions.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Nordisk Matematikkdidaktikk, 18(4), p. 101-124
Publisher: Nationellt Centrum foer Matematikutbildning
Place of Publication: Sweden
ISSN: 1104-2176
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130106 Secondary Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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