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Title: The Emergence of Stochastic Causality
Contributor(s): Prodromou, Theodosia (author)orcid ; Pratt, Dave (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: This paper describes a range of students' (age 15) expressions of the interplay between causality and variation, which we relate to dimensions of complex causality implicit in mastering the concept of distribution. The results indicate support for our conjecture that it is possible to harness causality in order to help students to invent new ideas of "stochastic causality", a sense of control over random processes through the careful design of a simulation, which places emphasis upon deterministic as well as stochastic behaviour. This result stands apart from mainstream research, which tends to separate the determined and stochastic worlds.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: PME 32: 32nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education & PME-NA XXX: 30th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Morelia, Mexico, 17th - 21st July, 2008
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA XXX, v.4, p. 137-144
Publisher: Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo (UMSNH) [University of Saint Nicholas of the State of Michoacan]
Place of Publication: Mexico
Field of Research (FOR): 130106 Secondary Education
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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Series Name: PME
Series Number : 32
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