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ERIC Number: EJ1071585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-982X
Slow Thinking and Deep Learning: Tversky and Kahneman's Taxi Cabs
Bedwell, Mike
Teaching Statistics: An International Journal for Teachers, v37 n3 p85-88 Aut 2015
This article is based on classroom application of a problem story constructed by Amos Tversky in the 1970s. His intention was to evaluate human beings' intuitions about statistical inference. The problem was revisited by his colleague, the Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. The aim of this article is to show how popular science textbooks can serve as a source for rich classroom activity, with a little care in the implementation by teachers. Kahneman describes the problem as "standard" and answers using a fixed point number. I describe how I have encouraged my students to challenge the certainty of this assertion by identifying ambiguities that are left unexplained in the story. This way, I claim to stimulate individuals to indeed move towards "Thinking, Fast and Slow," the title of Kahneman's book.
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Language: English
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