JSM 2006: Sessions in Statistical Education

Paul Roback, Program Chair

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 11, Number 1 (Winter 2006)

The program in Statistical Education at JSM 2006 in Seattle (August 6-10) is shaping up to be exciting, informative, and thought-provoking. A total of 16 sessions are currently planned with the Section on Statistical Education as the chief sponsor, including 3 invited sessions and 6 topic contributed paper and panel sessions. Invited sessions have been planned to address the following topics:

A very attractive set of topic contributed sessions have also been organized by section members. These topic contributed panels and paper sessions are entitled:

In addition, many intriguing abstracts will be presented in regular contributed sessions, ranging from capstone courses in consulting, to geometrical approaches to introductory statistics, to how engineers learn statistics, to ambiguity intolerance.

Along with the technical sessions described above, JSM 2006 will provide opportunities for statistical educators to network at contributed poster sessions (featuring topics from factor analysis in one 50-minute class period to program assessment at the Masterís level) and at 7 different roundtable luncheons (featuring topics from ARTIST to service learning to using sports examples). The Section on Statistical Education is also participating in a pilot program this year for Coffee Roundtables -- opportunities for small-group conversation on common themes just as with the Roundtable Luncheons, but held early in the morning over coffee and at a considerably lower cost. Three Coffee Roundtables will be offered by Statistical Education, featuring conversation on Japanese Lesson Study, quantitative and qualitative research, and motivating math majors to consider careers in statistics.

Look for more details about the program from the ASA in upcoming months. We hope to see many of you in Seattle!

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