10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Full topic list
This is a session of Topic 6: Innovations in teaching probability

Session 6G (Tuesday 10th, 11:00-12:30,   Level 2 - AV Study Room)

Challenges in Teaching Probability



In this session, we’ll hear from three researchers exploring the teaching of probability. Beginning with a review of where cognitive research in probability has grown since Piaget & Inhelder’s and Kahneman & Tversky’s works, key themes for probability’s place in school curricula will be highlighted. Exploring how probability has been taught and incorporated into curriculum only paints one part of the portrait; examining how teachers self-report their practices provides another important part. The analysis of a large-scale survey of primary and secondary school teachers’ practices, beliefs, and use of resources for teaching probability shall give a glimpse into how probability is viewed today. Finally, the experiences of using the granular density metaphor to help evolve a university probability course will shed some light on a new idea to advance students’ probabilistic thinking. By tracking the past, understanding the present, and innovating for the future, we can better explore the Challenges of Teaching Probability.


PaperTitlePresenter / Co-author(s)
6G1A survey of teachers’ self-reported practices of probability teaching in primary and secondary school levels in QuébecVincent Martin (Canada)
Mathieu Thibault (Canada)
Normand Roy (Canada)
6G2Using Activity-Based Cooperative Learning Materials to Develop High School Students’ Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills in Statistics and ProbabilityJudella Langcauon (Philippines)
Enriqueta Reston (Philippines)
6G3Granular Density in the Evolving University Probability CourseJ. Todd Lee (United States)