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Investigating probability concepts of secondary pre - service teachers in a game context

Dayal, Hem and Sharma, Sashi (2020) Investigating probability concepts of secondary pre - service teachers in a game context. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45 (5). pp. 91-109. ISSN 1835-517X

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There is a rich literature on students’ and teachers’ intuitions and misconceptions about probability. However, less attention has been paid to the development of pre-service teachers’ probabilistic thinking in teacher education. Based on this, the second author developed a lesson sequence for teaching probability. In particular, it demonstrates how a game context can be used to explore the relationship between experimental and theoretical probabilities in a collaborative learning setting. The lesson sequence integrates concepts and processes related to probability and is grounded in socio-cultural theory. We trialed the sequence with secondary preservice teachers. This paper focuses on their understanding of the probability concepts embedded in the sequence. Video and audio data indicates that while teachers used a range of strategies and data displays to explain the ideas integrated in the lessons, some reverted to equiprobability bias. The findings also reveal that pre service teachers can modify their thinking when engaged in rich teaching and learning tasks.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2020 23:24
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2020 23:24

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