The Effect of Activity-Based Teaching on Remedying the Probability-Related Misconceptions: A Cross-Age Comparison ()

Ramazan Gürbüz, Emrullah Erdem, Selçuk Fırat

Department of Elementary Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Ad?yaman University, Ad?yaman, Turkey.

epartment of Computer Education and Instructional Technology, Faculty of Education, Ad?yaman University, Ad?yaman, Turkey.

**DOI: **10.4236/ce.2014.51006
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Department of Elementary Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Ad?yaman University, Ad?yaman, Turkey.

epartment of Computer Education and Instructional Technology, Faculty of Education, Ad?yaman University, Ad?yaman, Turkey.

The aim of this paper is to compare the effect of activity-based
teaching on remedying probability-related misconceptions of students at
different grades. Thus, a cross-sectional/age
study was conducted with a total of 74 students in 6th-8th grades. Experimental instructions
were given to all the groups three times/ week, 40 min/session, for 2 weeks. Students’ progress was examined by pre-test and
post-test measurements. The
results of the analysis showed that, as a result of the intervention, all graders’ post-test
scores regarding all the concepts (PC: *Probability
Comparison*, E: *Equiprobability* and R: *Representa**tiveness*) showed a significant increase when compared to pre-test
scores. It was found out that this increase did not create a significant
difference based on age in PC concept, but that in 8th grade students, it showed a significant
difference in E and R concepts compared to 6th graders. On the other hand, it
was also assessed that the increases observed between 7th and 8th graders with
regard to E and R concepts were not significant. In summary, the implemented intervention can be
suggested to have different effects depending on age and the concept.

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Gürbüz, R. , Erdem, E. & Fırat, S. (2014). The Effect of Activity-Based Teaching on Remedying the Probability-Related Misconceptions: A Cross-Age Comparison. *Creative Education, 5,* 18-30. doi: 10.4236/ce.2014.51006.

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