ERIC Number: EJ943725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 11
The Sample Space: One of Many Ways to Partition the Set of All Possible Outcomes
Chernoff, Egan J.; Russell, Gale L.
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v67 n3 p24-29 2011
In this article, the authors discuss how acknowledging and embracing that the sample space is one of many ways to partition the set of all possible outcomes impacts the teaching and learning of sample space and probability. After recounting an exchange surrounding two viable answers to a probability question, the authors detail how developments arising from mathematics education research investigating the partitioning of all possible outcomes can be integrated into the mathematics classroom. As a result, they present a unique perspective to normatively incorrect responses.
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Probability, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Statistical Analysis, Classroom Communication, Experiments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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