**Abstract** |
We noticed students view probability as a quite difficult to
understand topic. They have difficulty understanding basic
terms such as experiment, sampling space, event, and the
formula and so on. Therefore, the main goal of initiating this
game is to attract students’ attention, enhance their
understanding in the basic probability concepts and have fun
at the same time. Every time when introducing the topic
‘Introduction to Probability’, to both science and social science
programs, we could see that majority of the students
expressed feelings of impassivity. Some even mentioned this
is one of their disinterest topics since secondary school level.
They do not understand many of the basic probability
concepts that were imparted to them. This scenario became
clearer where only a small group of students were able to
solve and achieve reasonable scores in probability
examination questions. In the case of the large group student,
their problem solving skill is only limited to tree diagram
questions, which they answered thorough familiarization of
simple steps. In order to help students to think correctly about
basic concepts in probability and to reduce their phobia in this
topic, we have introduced the teaching innovation entitled
‘Steal My Buttons’ in our statistics classes this semester.
Through this game, students are able to understand the basic
concepts probability meaningfully. This game is applicable to
any statistics courses. While the time and cost needed to
implement this teaching innovation are minimal, the benefit
reaped is very encouraging. In addition, materials prepared in
this innovation can be reused in all subsequent statistics
classes. Students enjoy learning while playing games. It is
without doubt a good way to grab their attention and infuse
them with proactive attitude when learning this topic. |