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  • Communicating Risk and Uncertainty: What Could the 'Real' World Teach Education?

    Date: 
    Monday, 29 September 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
    Speaker: 
    Professor David Spiegelhalter

    Risk-communication is a hot topic, whether it concerns the benefits and harms of screening or the chance of a catastrophic earthquake. It is challenging to explain both unpredictability and uncertain knowledge to the public, and yet these are also essential elements in education in probability and statistics. I shall argue that current approaches in communicating risk and uncertainty can contribute substantially to educational practice.

    In particular, Gigerenzer’s recommendation for ‘natural frequencies’ – whole-number outcomes starting from a defined population of cases - can be adapted to teaching probability based on a natural sequence of stages: empirical multiple narratives from experimentation represented as 2-way tables and frequency trees, to expected outcomes in multiple future experiments, and finally to probability trees. Issues of relative and absolute risk continually arise in topical stories, and representations that make these transparent are as relevant in the classroom as in the news. 'Expected frequencies' now feature in the GCSE Maths syllabus, and I shall illustrate the type of problem that can be solved using these techniques.

    This public talk has been organised as part of the tenth annual conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE).

    David Spiegelhalter is the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk and Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Cambridge.

    How to book:

    The talk is free, and all are welcome, but admission is by ticket only - please book tickets online via Eventbrite.

    Event full?: 
    Level: 
    General public
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  • Problem-solving opportunities for all students: a CPD event for schools following an NRICH Roadshow visit

    Date: 
    Friday, 12 December 2014 - 9:15am to 3:30pm

    This full-day teacher professional development event is open to all schools that have had an NRICH Roadshow visit between September 2013 and December 2014.

    Led by members of the NRICH team, the day will support you in providing rich problem-solving opportunities for all your students on a regular basis. During the day you will be able to explore some of the substantial collection of problems on the NRICH site and think about how to plan these activities into effective and engaging lessons. The day will help you develop further steps for your school in enabling all students to become confident and competent problem solvers.

    The content of the conference is suitable for Primary, Middle and Secondary schools and there will be opportunities during the day to work in phase-specific groups.

    How to book
    Each school may send one or two participants: one of these should be the Mathematics Subject Leader or Mathematics Head of Department. The cost of the day is £120 per participant, or £180 for two participants. To register, please complete the online booking form.

    Level additional information: 
    Primary, Middle or Secondary school teachers from schools that have had an NRICH Roadshow visit between September 2013 and December 2014.