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Conceptual variation and coordination in probability reasoning
Växjö University, School of Mathematics and Systems Engineering, Växjö, Sweden. (Matematikdidaktik)
2009 (English)In: Journal of Mathematical Behavior, ISSN 0732-3123, E-ISSN 1873-8028, Vol. 28, no 4, 247-261 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates students’ conceptual variation and coordination among theoretical and experimental interpretations of probability. In the analysis we follow how Swedish stu- dents (12–13 years old) interact with a dice game, specifically designed to offer the students opportunities to elaborate on the logic of sample space, physical/geometrical considera- tions and experimental evidence when trying to develop their understanding of compound random phenomena.The analytical construct of contextualization was used as a means to provide structure to the qualitative analysis performed. Within the frame of the students’ problem encounters during the game and how they contextualized the solutions of the problems in personal contexts for interpretations, the analysis finds four main forms of appearance, or of lim- itations in appearance, of conceptual variation and coordination among theoretical and experimental interpretations of probability.

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2009. Vol. 28, no 4, 247-261 p.
Keyword [en]
Compound random encounters; Context; Contextualization; Coordination; Focal event; Probability reasoning; Variation
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Other Mathematics
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Mathematics, Mathematical Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43109DOI: 10.1016/j.jmathb.2009.10.003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-73749083991OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43109DiVA: diva2:794476
Available from: 2010-01-14 Created: 2015-02-28 Last updated: 2015-06-10Bibliographically approved

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