Title page for ETD etd-08192010-132021

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Njenga, David Nganga
Author's Email Address dnjeng1@.lsu.edu
URN etd-08192010-132021
Title Seventh-Grade Curriculum in Probability (A Guide For Teachers)
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Madden, James Committee Chair
Neubrander, Frank Committee Member
Sundar, Padmanabhani Committee Member
  • probabilistic thinking
  • teaching probability
Date of Defense 2010-07-23
Availability unrestricted
A review of the literature indicates that teachers try to make connections between experimental and theoretical probabilities while teaching their students, but these connections are often not very clear. This greatly increases misconceptions students have about probability. This thesis presents a treatment of teaching probability that is geared for seventh grade and intended to minimize the misconceptions that both teachers and students may have. We present a concise mathematical exposition of finite probability models as well as collection of examples and activities, so as to help teachers and students organize their thinking and minimize misconceptions. The various examples and activities suggested in this thesis hopefully will increase the quality of instruction in probability and ultimately motivate the students in this important field of mathematics.
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