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Kindergarten students' understanding of probability concepts

Mousoulides, Nicholas G. & English, Lyn D. (2009) Kindergarten students' understanding of probability concepts. In Proceedings of the 33rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME), Thessaloniki, Greece, pp. 137-144.

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Abstract

This study explored kindergarten students’ intuitive strategies and understandings in probabilities. The paper aims to provide an in depth insight into the levels of probability understanding across four constructs, as proposed by Jones (1997), for kindergarten students. Qualitative evidence from two students revealed that even before instruction pupils have a good capacity of predicting most and least likely events, of distinguishing fair probability situations from unfair ones, of comparing the probability of an event in two sample spaces, and of recognizing conditional probability events. These results contribute to the growing evidence on kindergarten students’ intuitive probabilistic reasoning. The potential of this study for improving the learning of probability, as well as suggestions for further research, are discussed.

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ID Code: 29682
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Probability, Kindergarten
ISBN: 978-960-243-656-1
ISSN: 0771-100X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 the author.
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2010 16:45
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:59

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