The theoretical nature of probability and how to cope with it in the classroom


Authors: 
Steinbring, H.
Category: 
Pages: 
Jan-36
Year: 
1988
Publisher: 
Institute for the Didactics of Mathematics (IDM)
Place: 
Bielefeld
URL: 
RISE
Abstract: 

In this paper the role of the theoretical character of stochastics is considered for the teaching process and its organisation. The consequence of the theoretical character of stochastic knowledge - or the fact that the basic concepts cannot completely define probability theory, but are conversely only formed while developing probability theory - is that the teaching process must be organized differently. It is inappropriate to start from ready-made concepts, gradually adding further knowledge. Conversely, it is necessary to begin with meaningful situations which permit the forming and developing of concepts. Freudenthal characterizes this inversion of the teaching method by introducing mental objects.

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