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Difficulties in learning probability and statistics


Book: 
The Second International Conference on Teaching Statistics, 1986
Authors: 
Garfield, J. B., & Ahlgren, A.
Editors: 
Davidson, R., & Swift, J.
Category: 
Pages: 
270-274
Year: 
1986
Publisher: 
The Second International Committee on Teaching Statistics
Place: 
Victoria, B.C.
Abstract: 

In the literature on education in probability and statistics, different issues of difficulty have been addressed rather independently by individuals from three different disciplines: college statistics faculty, specialists in pre-college mathematics education, and psychologists. The main contributions of the literature in these three disciplines are described, and a list of areas of difficulty students have in learning probability and statistics is provided, based on this literature. Implications are suggested for teaching and for future research.

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