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

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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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*Creative Education, 5,*18-30. doi: 10.4236/ce.2014.51006.

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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