The November 2013
(Volume 21, Number 3) issue of JSE is now available. The table of contents can
be accessed at: 2013 Table of Contents.
This issue includes three regular articles, two Data Sets and Stories papers, two Teaching Bits, an interview
by Allan Rossman with Christine Franklin, and an acknowledgment of JSE reviewers from December 2012 through November 2013.
We hope you
enjoy this issue, and, as always, we welcome your feedback. The next issue
of JSE is due to be announced in March 2014.
Much to be Thankful For
As I reflect on my first full year as Editor of JSE, I am extremely thankful for many things. Most of all, I'm thankful that I have Jean Scott as my Editorial Assistant. I can't imagine trying to edit JSE without Jean's support and assistance. Eric Sampson, the Journals Manager at ASA, has also been extremely supportive and encouraging over the past year, and he is always quick to respond to questions and help with preparations of LaTeX files for publication. I couldn't do this job were it not for the hard work of our Associate Editors and the many reviewers who have worked with us. We have acknowledged the reviewers who assisted us from December 2012 through November 2013 in our November 2013 issue. Finally, I am thankful for the help of former Editor John Gabrosek. Whenever I have questions (and I've had A LOT of questions since I took on this role), John is always there, and this has meant a lot to me.
JSE Best Paper Award (2013)
For the past three years, a Best Paper award is given to a JSE paper at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). At the 2013 JSM in Montreal, Roger Woodard and Herle McGowan (both from North Carolina State University) received the best paper award for their paper "Redesigning a Large Introductory Course to Incorporate the GAISE Guidelines." The recepients of the JSE Best Paper Award receive a cash prize of $1500 that has been generously donated by former JSE Editor William Notz.
The JSE Webinar Series on CAUSEweb
In June, 2013, we started a new webinar series
through the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics
Education (CAUSE). The series generally takes place on
the third Tuesday of each month, from 12 – 1 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time). Authors of
papers that appear in JSE will discuss their work and answer questions
about their work. Each webinar will
include discussion of up to two papers from JSE. For more information on webinars that
have already taken place, in addition to upcoming webinars, please visit https://www.causeweb.org/webinar/jse/.
JSE on Facebook and Twitter
To get the word out about JSE and to provide
opportunities for readers to share and discuss articles from JSE, a Facebook
group has been created. If you have
a Facebook account, you can access our new group and request to join by
going to https://www.facebook.com/groups/486553198048126/?ref=ts&fref=ts. Note that you can also simply do a search
within Facebook for “Journal of Statistics Education.” We will use this group to make
announcements related to JSE and to share links to articles that are
published in each new issue.
Hopefully, this will also become a place where you can connect with
other statistics educators.
There is also a Twitter account for JSE that you
can follow if you use Twitter (@JStatEd).
Paper Submissions and Author Guidelines
papers to JSE Editor, Michelle Everson, and send as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Revisions of papers originally
submitted prior to September 1, 2012 should be sent to former Editor John Gabrosek at email@example.com.
Please follow the Guidelines for Authors that
were updated for the March 2010 issue to better reflect current publishing
practices at JSE. Please also carefully read through the JSE Mission Statement (see the link near the bottom of this page) to make sure your paper is appropriate for JSE before you submit it.
Submit new Data
Sets and Stories (DSS) papers and revisions of papers originally submitted
prior to September 1, 2012 to DSS Editor, Nicholas Horton, and send as an
email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please follow the Guidelines for Data Contributors that
were updated for the November 2010 issue to better reflect current
publishing practices at JSE.
Research on K-12 Statistics Education papers to the Research on K-12
Statistics Education Editor, Tim Jacobbe, and
send as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com. Please follow the Guidelines for Authors when submitting
papers to this department.
JSE Copyright Policy
retain copyright for papers and data sets and stories submitted to JSE. The
JSE Copyright Policy can be accessed by clicking on Guidelines for Readers/Data Users in the menu on
the left. You will also notice a JSE Policy for Using Data Sets and
Simulations/Programs. The policy statement is meant to clarify what
uses of JSE data sets require approval from the copyright holder (the
author) and what uses do not require approval. Classroom and other teaching
uses do not require approval.
Statistics Education News
With each new edition of JSE, we will highlight a different
Statistics Education Project. This
month, our focus is on the Probability Distributome Project.
Probability Distributome Project
As described on its website, "The Probability Distributome Project is an open-source, open content-development project for exploring, discovering, navigating, learning, and computational utilization of diverse probability distributions. A probability distribution is a function that assigns probabilities to events. For example, flipping a fair coin generates 2 possible equally likely outcomes (head and tail), and rolling a single loaded 6-face die generates 6 possible outcomes, each having a chance to be observed proportionally-equal to the die’s loading factors. Usually, a probability distribution function is defined in the context of a random variable, or a vector, and provides likelihoods that the random variable may be observed within a specific sub-set of the space of its possibilities. For instance, throwing a dart at a dartboard generates a score (integer value), indicating the landing location’s proximity to the center of the dartboard (bulls eye), which naturally leads to a definition of the probability distribution of the dart landing in a specific area." For more details on this project, please visit the website for the Probability Distributome Project.
Conference on Teaching Statistics (eCOTS)
Mark your calendars! The second
bi-annual Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics (eCOTS)
will take place from May 19-23, 2014.
This is a completely online conference that will run through CAUSEweb. A call for proposals, in addition to more details about the structure of eCOTS, can now be found on https://www.causeweb.org/ecots. Note that proposals for posters and break-out sessions will be accepted through February 14, 2014.
International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS)
For those who like
to plan ahead, the ninth International Conference on Teaching Statistics
(ICOTS) will take place from July 13-18, 2014, in Flagstaff, Arizona. The theme is “Sustainability in
Statistics Education.” For more
information, including a Call for Papers, please visit the ICOTS9 website.
Other Statistics Education Journals
Education Research Journal
Statistics Education Research Journal (SERJ) is a
peer-reviewed electronic journal of the International Association for
Statistical Education (IASE) and the International Statistical Institute
(ISI). SERJ aims to advance research-based knowledge that can help
to improve the teaching, learning, and understanding of statistics or
probability at all educational levels and in both formal (classroom-based)
and informal (out-of-classroom) contexts.
STatistics Education Web (STEW)
is an online resource for peer-reviewed lesson plans for K-12 teachers. The
statistical concepts follow the recommendations of the Guidelines for
Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report: A
Pre-K-12 Curriculum Framework.
A journal for teachers of students aged 9 to 19. The journal includes
articles on teaching statistics as a specialist subject and as a support
tool for other disciplines.
Innovations in Statistics Education
A journal reporting on studies of the use of technology to improve
statistics learning at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate school and
Case Studies in Business,
Industry and Government Statistics
A journal of case studies in business, industry, and government statistics.
Statistics and Applications
This IOS Press journal is soliciting papers for its "Teaching
Section" that it launched following its Special Issue on Teaching
2009; Vol. 4, no. 4). A formal call for papers appeared in issue
#2 of 2010.
JSE is a publication of the American Statistical Association