3.13, 2.12 Having fun with Probability Concepts and Solving Problems

Nicola Petty aka Dr Nic, presents at the 2013 joint Auckland Mathematics Association and Department of Statistics (University of Auckland) Statistics Teachers Day.

Dr Nic makes the move away from dice and coin tossing. She explains that not only are they boring contexts but when we use equiprobable equipment all the time, it can entrench incorrect ideas. She uses problems that matter, and discusses ethical aspects when teaching probability. Dr Nic answers the burning questions for teachers exploring Probability with their students:

Is there such a thing as ‘true’ probability?

How are model estimates and experimental estimates related?

Whatever happened to subjective probability?

What does the curriculum mean by good model, poor model and no model?

How do you teach about deterministic and probabilistic models?

What exactly is a model and why is it hard for students to get their head around the concept?


Note: due to technical difficulties the Audio file and power point presentation are separate items. They are best viewed together.

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  • Lisa Hayes

    How can we get hold of the mentioned accompanying PowerPoint presentation?

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