This dissertation was an investigation of misconceptions in probabilistic reasoning. Existing research cites misconceptions in probability as being common and pervasive (Shaughnessy, 1977). Moreover, research suggests that altering misconceptions in probability is an undertaking of paramount proportions (Konold, 1995). Specifically, the purpose of this study was to investigate mechanisms for enhancing college-age students' probabilistic reasoning and decreasing their inappropriate use of the representativeness heuristic when reasoning about the outcomes of uncertain events. Representativeness is defined as a heuristic often used in situations concerning an object belonging to a class, an event originating from a process, or the probability that a process will bring life to an event (Hirsch a O'Donnell, 2001).comprehension skill and while reading from a text not including explicit causal relations with the argument participantsa#39; ... Diakidoy, Kendeou, and Ioannides ( 2003) investigated sixth-grade studentsa#39; responses to an expository text and aanbsp;...
|Title||:||Promoting Probabilistic Reasoning: The Interplay of Learner, Task, and Text|
|Author||:||Jill A. Zeruth|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|