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Title Probabilistic thinking : presenting plural perspectives / Egan J. Chernoff, Bharath Sriraman, editors
Published Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, [2014]
Table of Contents
Perspective I Mathematics and Philosophy 
 Preface to Perspective I: Mathematics and Philosophy / Gale L. Russell3
 A Historical and Philosophical Perspective on Probability / Ramesh Kapadia7
 From Puzzles and Paradoxes to Concepts in Probability / Ramesh Kapadia35
 Three Approaches for Modelling Situations with Randomness / Markus Vogel75
 A Modelling Perspective on Probability / Ilze Ziedins101
 Commentary on Perspective I: The Humanistic Dimensions of Probability / Kyeonghwa Lee117
Perspective II Psychology 
 Probabilistic Thinking: Analyses from a Psychological Perspective / Wim Van Dooren123
 Statistical Thinking: No One Left Behind / Gerd Gigerenzer127
 Fostering Children's Probabilistic Reasoning and First Elements of Risk Evaluation / Laura Martignon149
 Intuitive Conceptions of Probability and the Development of Basic Math Skills / Carlos Castillo-Garsow161
 The Interplay Among Knowledge, Cognitive Abilities and Thinking Styles in Probabilistic Reasoning: A Test of a Model / Caterina Primi195
 Revisiting the Medical Diagnosis Problem: Reconciling Intuitive and Analytical Thinking / Uri Leron215
 Rethinking Probability Education: Perceptual Judgment as Epistemic Resource / Dor Abrahamson239
 Sticking to Your Guns: A Flawed Heuristic for Probabilistic Decision-Making / Deborah Bennett261
 Developing Probabilistic Thinking: What About People's Conceptions? / Annie Savard283
 Commentary on Perspective II: Psychology / Brian Greer299
 A Brief Overview and Critique of Perspective II on Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning / Bharath Sriraman311
Perspective III Stochastics 
 Preface to Perspective III: Stochastics / Gale L. Russell343
 Prospective Primary School Teachers' Perception of Randomness / Blanca Ruiz345
 Challenges of Developing Coherent Probabilistic Reasoning: Rethinking Randomness and Probability from a Stochastic Perspective / Yan Liu367
 "It Is Very, Very Random Because It Doesn't Happen Very Often": Examining Learners' Discourse on Randomness / Nathalie Sinclair397
 Developing a Modelling Approach to Probability Using Computer-Based Simulations / Theodosia Prodromou417
 Promoting Statistical Literacy Through Data Modelling in the Early School Years / Lyn D. English441
 Learning Bayesian Statistics in Adulthood / Wolff-Michael Roth459
 Commentary on the Chapters on Probability from a Stochastic Perspective / J. Michael Shaughnessy481
Perspective IV Mathematics Education 
 Preface to Perspective IV: Mathematics Education / Gale L. Russell493
 A Practitional Perspective on Probabilistic Thinking Models and Frameworks / Joshua T. Hertel495
 Experimentation in Probability Teaching and Learning / Per Nilsson509
 Investigating the Dynamics of Stochastic Learning Processes: A Didactical Research Perspective, Its Methodological and Theoretical Framework, Illustrated for the Case of the Short Term--Long Term Distinction / Susanne Schnell533
 Counting as a Foundation for Learning to Reason About Probability / Anoop Ahluwalia559
 Levels of Probabilistic Reasoning of High School Students About Binomial Problems / Pedro Ruben Landin581
 Children's Constructions of a Sample Space with Respect to the Law of Large Numbers / Efi Paparistodemou599
 Researching Conditional Probability Problem Solving / M. Pedro Huerta613
 Contextual Considerations in Probabilistic Situations: An Aid or a Hindrance? / Rina Zazkis641
 Cultural Influences in Probabilistic Thinking / Sashi Sharma657
 Primary School Students' Attitudes To and Beliefs About Probability / Steven Nisbet683
 Section IV Commentary: The Perspective of Mathematics Education / Jane M. Watson709
 Commentary on Probabilistic Thinking: Presenting Plural Perspectives / Bharath Sriraman721
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Contents SERIES PREFACE: Gabriele Kaiser and Bharath Sriraman -- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- FOREWORD: Keith Devlin -- INTRODUCTION: Egan Chernoff and Bharath Sriraman -- PERSPECTIVE I: MATHEMATICS AND PHILOSOPHY -- Preface to Perspective I: Mathematics and Philosophy: Egan Chernoff and Gale Russell -- I.I.A historical and philosophical perspective on probability: Manfred Borovcnik and Ramesh Kapadia -- I. II. From puzzles and paradoxes to concepts in probability: Manfred Borovcnik and Ramesh Kapadia -- I. III. Three approaches for modeling situation with randomness: Andreas Eichler and Markus Vogel -- I. IV. A modeling perspective on probability: Maxine Pfannkuch and Ilze Ziedins -- Commentary on Perspective I: Mathematics and Philosophy: Bharath Sriraman and Kyeong-Hwa Lee -- PERSPECTIVE II: PSYCHOLOGY -- Preface to Perspective II: Psychology : Wim van Dooren -- II. I. Statistical thinking: no child left behind: Björn Meder and Gerd Gigerenzer -- II. II. The A-B-C of probabilistic literacy: Laura Martignon -- II. III. Intuitive conceptions of probability and the development of basic math skills: Gary Brase, Sherri Martinie and Carlos Castillo-Garsow -- II. IV. Testing a model on probabilistic reasoning: Francesca Chiesi and Caterina Primi -- II. V. Revisiting the medical diagnosis problem: reconciling intuitive and analytical thinking: Lisser Rye Ejersbo and Uri Leron -- II. VI. Rethinking probability education: perceptual judgment as epistemic resource: Dor Abrahamson -- II. VII. Sticking to your guns: a flawed heuristic for probabilistic decision-making: Deborah Bennett -- II. VIII. Developing probabilistic thinking: what about peoples' conceptions: Annie Savard -- Commentary I on Perspective II: Psychology : Brian Greer -- Commentary II on Perspective II: Psychology: Richard Lesh and Bharath Sriraman -- PERSPECTIVE III: STOCHASTICS -- Preface to Perspective III: Stochastics: Bharath Sriraman and Egan Chernoff -- III. I. Prospective primary school teachers' perception of randomness: Carmen Batanero, Pedro Arteaga, Luis Serrano and Blanca Ruiz -- III. II. Challenges of developing coherent probabilistic reasoning: rethinking randomness and probability from a stochastic perspective: Luis Saldanha and Yan Liu -- III. III. 'It is very, very random because it doesn't happen very often': examining learners' discourse on randomness: Simin Jolafee, Rina Zazkis and Nathalie Sinclair -- III. IV. Developing a modelling approach to probability using computer-based simulations: Theodosia Prodromou -- III. V. Promoting statistical literacy through data modelling in the early school years: Lyn D. English -- III. VI. Learning Bayesian statistics in adulthood: Wolff-Michael Roth -- Commentary on Perspective III: Stochastics: Mike Shaughnessy -- PERSPECTIVE IV: MATHEMATICS EDUCATION -- Preface to Perspective IV: Mathematics Education: Bharath Sriraman and Egan Chernoff -- IV. I.A practitional perspective on probabilistic thinking models and frameworks: Edward S. Mooney, Cynthia Langrall and Joshua T. Hertel -- IV. II. Experimentation in probability teaching and learning: Per Nilsson -- IV. III. Investigating the dynamics of stochastic learning processes: Susanne Prediger and Susanne Schnell -- IV. IV. Counting as a foundation for learning to reason about probability: Carolyn A. Maher and Anoop Ahluwalia -- IV. V. Levels of probabilistic reasoning of high school students about binomial problems: Ernesto Sánchez and Pedro Rubén Landín -- IV. VI. Children's construction of sample space with respect to the law of large numbers: Efi Paparistodemou -- IV. VII. Researching conditional probability problem solving: Pedro Huerta -- IV. VIII. Real life experiences as hindrance in probabilistic situations: Ami Mamolo and Rina Zazkis -- IV. IX. Influence of culture on high school students' probabilistic thinking: Sashi Sharma -- IV. X. Primary school students' attitudes to and beliefs about probability: Steven Nisbet and Anne Williams -- Commentary on Perspective IV: Mathematics Education: Jane Watson -- COMMENTARY on Probabilistic Thinking: Presenting Plural Perspectives: Egan Chernoff and Bharath Sriraman -- AUTHOR INDEX -- SUBJECT INDEX
Summary This volume provides a necessary, current and extensive analysis of probabilistic thinking from a number of mathematicians, mathematics educators, and psychologists. The work of 58 contributing authors, investigating probabilistic thinking across the globe, is encapsulated in 6 prefaces, 29 chapters and 6 commentaries. Ultimately, the four main perspectives presented in this volume (Mathematics and Philosophy, Psychology, Stochastics and Mathematics Education) are designed to represent probabilistic thinking in a greater context. 'Uncertainty is part of our lives and we all have to deal with it and make decisions in spite of it. Ability to use ideas from probability theory as a way of quantifying uncertainty needs to be an integral part of our education at many levels and this book will surely play a useful role."--S.R. Srinivasa Varadhan, Recipient of the 2007 Abel Prize in Mathematics and the 2010 National Medal of Science 'A welcome look at probability, with philosophical and psychological perspectives that offer foundations for both students and teachers of probability at the school and university levels. Very comprehensive and promises a great deal to the reader. Teachers and students will benefit from articles that clarify the competition between the frequentist and the Bayesian views of probability."--Reuben Hersh, Author of "What is Mathematics, Really?" and co-author of "The Mathematical Experience" 'I often get asked why people find probability so unintuitive and difficult. After years of research, I have concluded it's because probability really is unintuitive and difficult. This ground-breaking text acknowledges the full complexity of teaching this subject: the contributions face up to the competing interpretations of probability, emphasising the close connection to both human psychology and real-world problem-solving tasks. I am personally very pleased to see the subjective interpretation taken seriously, while also admiring the suggestions for teaching the properties of modeled randomness. A very timely and valuable book."--David Spiegelhalter, Winston Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge 'The teaching and learning of probability is challenging in several ways - coordinating its three theoretical perspectives (classical, frequentist, and subjective); managing its relationship to statistics; and reconciling the counter-intuitive nature of much probabilistic reasoning. This volume presents a comprehensive and in-depth review of this broad range of issues, by authors with the corresponding range of expertise and perspectives. It should be an invaluable resource for teachers of probability, at all levels."--Hyman Bass, Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics & Mathematics Education - University of Michigan
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Education.
Education -- Philosophy.
Distribution (Probability theory)
Form Electronic book
Author Chernoff, Egan J.
Sriraman, Bharath.
ISBN 9400771541 (hard cover ;) (alk. paper)
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