WHEN: Saturday 3rd of September 2016
WHERE: Epsom Faculty of Education
Gate 3, 74, Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland. (Park at Gate 2)
TIME: 9.00 am – noon
COST: $5 Koha
8:30 – 9:00 am Tea and Coffee – come and catch up with friends or make new ones!
9:00 – 9:30 am Plenary Speaker
Dr Stephanie Budgett, University of Auckland
Abstract: Random events and chance phenomena permeate our lives and environments.
Probabilistic reasoning is needed to help us operate sensibly and optimally in the face of uncertainty due to the randomness in processes. However, current teaching of probability is mainly based on a mathematical approach, paying insufficient attention to modelling, connecting data and chance, and simulating realistic problems. A modelling approach promises to make transparent concepts of the nature and effects of randomness, often inaccessible within the formal framework of mathematical probability.
An exploratory study aiming to learn how to build students’ conceptual understanding of probability and how to orientate their thinking towards an approach more closely aligned with practice will be described. I will demonstrate the software tools that we have developed, discuss some preliminary findings, and talk about future directions.