International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

The Pedagogy of Teaching Probability in an Introductory Business Statistics Course: A More Successful Approach
Deborah J. Gougeon

This study investigates the pedagogy used in teaching probability in an Introductory Business Statistics course at a four-year private university. Considered one of the more difficult and often elusive topics for students to grasp, this study introduces a uniquely structured and highly successful strategy for teaching this topic. The step-by-step outline for statistical independence versus dependence described here results in a better understanding of the material by students, as verified by a marked improvement in their test grades, not only on this topic, but also topics that follow which are based on probability. Classroom-tested, this innovative approach leads to a more thorough comprehension of the concept of probability and provides more positive results than those normally achieved using traditional methods.

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