Conditional probability and education reform: Are they compatible?


Book: 
Journal of Statistics Education
Authors: 
Rossman, A. J., & Short, T. H.
Category: 
Volume: 
3(2)
Pages: 
Online
Year: 
1995
URL: 
http://www.amstat.org/publications/jse/v3n2/rossman.html
Abstract: 

We demonstrate that one can teach conditional probability in a manner consistent with many features of the statistics education reform movement. Presenting a variety of applications of conditional probability to realistic problems, we propose that interactive activities and the use of technology make conditional probability understandable, interactive, and interesting for students at a wide range of levels of mathematical ability. Along with specific examples, we provide guidelines for implementation of the activities in the classroom and instructional cues for promoting curiosity and discussion among students.