10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
This paper is from Session 6G: Challenges in Teaching Probability
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which comes under Topic 6: Innovations in teaching probability

Paper 6G3 (Tuesday 10th, 11:00-12:30)

Granular Density in the Evolving University Probability Course



The growth of STEM disciplines in middle-sized universities creates a new reality for the purpose and clients in an introductory probability course. In the investigated class (16 students), the instructor faced the challenge of providing a conceptual framework that is productive for the learning and application of probability to a broad range of majors. The course serves as an upper-level elective for various STEM majors, a required course for math education majors, and a prerequisite for theoretical statistics required for statistics majors. The granular density metaphor (Lee & Lee, ICOTS9) was used as a core content element to address the needed multi-purpose structure. This paper discusses the initial findings on the viability of applying this metaphor to various course topics from examining different student artifacts.

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