Fostering risk literacy in primary school (Master thesis)

Τσαούση, Αικατερίνη/ Tsaousi, Aikaterini


The aim of this dissertation is firstly to explore 8- to -10 year-old students’ primary intuitions of risk and decision making under uncertainty and secondly to suggest developmentally suitable activities to empower them. Previous research indicates four mathematical ideas which relate to the students’ abilities to handle risky situations. Namely these are a) proportional reasoning, b) expected value, c) conditional probabilities and d) relative and absolute risk. We conducted a quasi-experiment with one experimental group and one control group. Both groups consisted of Fourth and Fifth Graders. The intervention contained activities referring to the four mathematical ideas mentioned above. The main findings are summarized as follows: 1) students seem to have basic intuitions for decision making under uncertainty, some of them are based more on heyristics and biases rather than mathematical computations of probabilities, 2) These intuitions can be fostered through carefully designed activities which include games and encourage the use of suitable manipulatives, all of them being situated in real-life contexts
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
Subject classification: Risk assessment
Keywords: Γραμματισμός του ρίσκου,Δεσμευμένες πιθανότητες,Αναλογική σκέψη,Risk literacy,Proportional reasoning,Expected value,Conditional probabilities
URI: http://83.212.168.214/jspui/handle/123456789/10645
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