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ERIC Number: EJ913985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-9053
Cognitive Development Effects of Teaching Probabilistic Decision Making to Middle School Students
Mjelde, James W.; Litzenberg, Kerry K.; Lindner, James R.
Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, v40 p36-44 2011
This study investigated the comprehension and effectiveness of teaching formal, probabilistic decision-making skills to middle school students. Two specific objectives were to determine (1) if middle school students can comprehend a probabilistic decision-making approach, and (2) if exposure to the modeling approaches improves middle school students' decision-making abilities? "DECIDE" learning unit is developed to provide the context. This learning unit integrates mathematics, science, and decision-making concepts. Differences in students' pre- and post-test performance on a general decision-making test were statistically significant, indicating students can learn formal decision making in middle school and improve their decision-making abilities. Both race and gender variables were shown to have no statistically significant effect on pre- and post-test scores. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas