The Intuitive Sources of Probabilistic Thinking in Children by H. FischbeinThe Intuitive Sources of Probabilistic Thinking in Children by H. Fischbein

The Intuitive Sources of Probabilistic Thinking in Children

byH. Fischbein

Hardcover | November 30, 1975

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About a year ago I promised my friend Fischbein a preface to his book of which I knew the French manuscript. Now with the printer's proofs under my eyes I like the book even better than I did then, because of, and influenced by, new experiences in the meantime, and fresh thoughts that crossed my mind. Have I been influenced by what I remembered from the manuscript? If so, it must have happened unconsciously. But of course, what struck me in this work a year ago, struck a responsive chord in my own mind. In the past, mathematics teaching theory has strongly been influenced by a view on mathematics as a heap of concepts, and on learning mathematics as concepts attainment. Mathematics teaching practice has been jeopardised by this theoretical approach, which in its most dangerous form expresses itself as a radical atomism. To concepts attainment Fischbein opposes acquisition of intuitions. In my own publications I avoided the word "intuition" because of the variety of its meanings across languages. For some time I have used the term "constitution of mathematical objects", which I think means the same as Fischbein's "acquisition of intuitions" - indeed as I view it, constituting a mental object precedes its conceptualising, and under this viewpoint I tried to observe mathematical activities of young children.
Title:The Intuitive Sources of Probabilistic Thinking in ChildrenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pagesPublished:November 30, 1975Publisher:Springer Netherlands

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9027706263

ISBN - 13:9789027706263


Table of Contents

I Introduction.- II Intuition and Intelligence.- III Probability Learning.- IV Probability Learning in Children.- V The Intuition of Relative Frequency.- VI Estimating Odds and The Concept of Probability.- VII Combinatorial Analysis.- VIII Summary and Conclusions.- Index of Names.