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ERIC Number: EJ882145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
How to Introduce Historically the Normal Distribution in Engineering Education: A Classroom Experiment
Blanco, Monica; Ginovart, Marta
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v41 n1 p19-30 Jan 2010
Little has been explored with regard to introducing historical aspects in the undergraduate statistics classroom in engineering studies. This article focuses on the design, implementation and assessment of a specific activity concerning the introduction of the normal probability curve and related aspects from a historical dimension. Following a teaching-learning approach inspired by history, this idea was put into practice at an engineering school. For this purpose a historical module on the normal curve elaborated by Katz and Michalowicz [V.J. Katz and K.D. Michalowicz (eds.), "Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics," The Mathematical Association of America, Washington, 2005] was adapted to develop different aspects of the topic. Since the activity fostered cross-curricular competences, it was designed in keeping with the guidelines of the European Higher Education Area. (Contains 1 table, 3 figures, and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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