Abstract


METAPHORS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS ABOUT PROBABILITY CONCEPT
Probability covers the activities to guess the general situations and the events and effects to make decisions about the future. Individuals encounter situations randomly since existence. Today, probability are used to generate the ideas about these events, to comment on these events and to take precautions. These individuals have increased the importance of teaching probability subjects. Students should perceive and interpret the probability concept properly for the aim of teaching the probability subject successfully, effectively and permanently. Mental images could explain the meaning which students assign to the concepts. Because of that, it was aimed to determine the mental images of eighth grade students about probability concept in this research. With this aim, the application was performed with a group of eighth grade students studying in a middle school in Istanbul. “Probability is ……like, because……” sentence was directed to these students. They were asked to produce a mental image related with probability concept and to explain why they produced these images. These mental images of the students were explained and presented in categories at the end of this research.

Keywords
Mathematics, Probability, Event, Mental Image, Seventh Grade Students