Analysis of the probability curriculum


Book: 
Chance Encounters: Probability in Education
Authors: 
Ahlgren, A., & Garfield, J. B.
Editors: 
Kapadia, R., & Borovcnik, M.
Type: 
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Pages: 
107-134
Year: 
1991
Publisher: 
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Place: 
Dordrecht, Netherlands
Abstract: 

In this chapter we begin by describing the special problem of probability in the curriculum and positing what we want students to end up knowing about probability at the end of their school experience. Next we present some important general issues of what curriculum is and where it comes from, and focus on some concerns about how it relates to students. We then consider alternative forms of the probability curriculum, using current projects as examples of each form. Finally, we summarize the theoretical issues as questions to be asked about any curriculum, and recommend ways to use current curriculum efforts to extend our knowledge of how students think about and learn probability.

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