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Students’ understanding of randomness after an introductory tertiary statistics course

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Reaburn, R ORCID: 0000-0002-4235-7732 2019 , 'Students’ understanding of randomness after an introductory tertiary statistics course', paper presented at the MERGA, 30 June - 4 July, Perth.

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Abstract

Random sampling and random allocation are essential processes in the practice of inferentialstatistics. These processes ensure that all members of a population are equally likely to beselected, and that all possible allocations in an experiment are equally likely. It is thesecharacteristics that allow the validity of the subsequent calculations that use probabilisticreasoning. This paper suggests that despite the importance of these processes, students maypoorly understand the characteristics of these processes, and the reasons for them. The paperconcludes with suggestions for the improvement of teaching these topics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Reaburn, R
Keywords: student randomness
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Publisher: MERGA
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