Confidence Trick: The Interpretation of Confidence Intervals

  title={Confidence Trick: The Interpretation of Confidence Intervals},
  author={Colin Foster},
The frequent misinterpretation of the nature of confidence intervals by students has been well documented. This article examines the problem as an aspect of the learning of mathematical definitions and considers the tension between parroting mathematically rigorous, but essentially uninternalized, statements on the one hand and expressing imperfect but developing understandings on the other. A small-scale study among schoolteachers sought comments on four definitions expressing differing… CONTINUE READING

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