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Chance Re-encounters: 'Computers in Probability Education' revisited

Pratt, D; Ainley, J; (2014) Chance Re-encounters: 'Computers in Probability Education' revisited. In: Wassong, T and Frischemeier, D and Fischer, PR and Hochmuth, R and Bender, P, (eds.) Mit Werkzeugen Mathematik und Stochastik lernen – Using Tools for Learning Mathematics and Statistics. (pp. 165-177). Springer Spektrum: Wiesbaden, Germany. Green open access

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In recognition of Rolf Biehler’s contribution to probability and statistics education, we chose to re-visit his chapter in the edited book, Chance Encounters: Probability in Education. In particular, we examine three themes concerning the concept-tool gap, levels of access to concepts, which can be concealed by technology, and issues around demonstration and proof. We found many insights that resonate with current practice two decades later. Nevertheless, we argue that during that time, some progress has been made in how we can conceptualise the issues. For example, we discuss: (i) how it is now possible to unpick the metaphorical understanding that could emerge from the use of black boxes by reference to utility-based understanding; (ii) four principles that could inform how black boxes might be designed to support utility-based understanding; (iii) how the importance of explanation may overshadow a more traditional emphasis on proof.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Chance Re-encounters: 'Computers in Probability Education' revisited
ISBN-13: 978-3-658-03103-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-03104-6_13
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-03104-6_13
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Probabilistic Concept, Semantic Layer, Chance Encounter, British Educational Research Journal, Probability Education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1537568
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