ASA Stat. Ed. Section Newsletter - V11 N2

Newsletter of the Section on Statistical Education of the American Statistical Association


Contents of Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006):
  • Report from the Section Chair
  • Editors
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Awards Given at JSM in Seattle
  • Planning for JSM 2007
  • The National Numeracy Network
  • Professors Needed for AP Statistics Program
  • Report from the Advisory Committee on Teacher Enhancement (ACTE)
  • The United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS 07) Takes Statistics Teaching Up a Notch!
  • JSE – Comments from the Next Editor
  • Joint SOCR CAUSEway Continuing Education Workshop 2007
  • Group Discussion in Online Statistics Courses
  • STATCOM: Engaging Statistics Students in Their Communities
  • Announcement and Call for Conference Papers
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    Report from the Section Chair

    Christine Franklin
    University of Georgia
    chris@stat.uga.edu

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    As I write this column, Iím 4 weeks into the fall semester at UGA and enjoying the challenge and joy of being back in the classroom after a summer away from teaching. It reminds me that teaching must always stay at the top of our priorities in statistical education — our ultimate goal must be to dedicate ourselves to making the education of our students the best possible. Although the Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle are now over a month behind us, Iím still reliving many of the wonderful Statistical Education Section sponsored sessions that provided me with fresh ideas for teaching and research and the many thought provoking discussions for the future direction of statistical education. On behalf of the section, I extend a special thank you to Paul Roback, the 2006 Statistics Education Program Chair, for his outstanding work planning and organizing these 2006 JSM sessions. Patti Collings, the Stat Ed Section program chair for JSM 2007, is already organizing excellent sessions.

    As you read this issue of the newsletter, you will be in awe at all the wonderful work accomplished by members of the Stat Ed Section. Much of my inspiration in professional endeavors has come from watching and learning from the many outstanding statistics educators in our section. Itís important to remember that we need everyone working toward our common goals — itís a team effort. We need people to volunteer their services for the many projects and efforts initiated or supported by the section. When I made that leap to volunteer my services years ago, I never imagined the gratifying rewards (both personal and professional) I would receive working with the members of this community.

    I would like to thank the members of the Stat Ed Executive Committee for their dedicated service to the section. The committee members are listed on the ASA website at the section link: http://www.amstat.org/sections/educ/. Be sure to bookmark this URL on your computer. Here you can find the newsletter as well as all the Stat Ed Section news. I canít thank Jackie Dietz enough for maintaining this website.

    This will be my final Chairís Report as my term as chair ends on December 31, 2006 (I will serve as past-chair in 2007). Iím excited about Jessica Utts taking over as chair in 2007. I have so enjoyed serving as section chair and for the opportunity to work with dedicated section members, observing your commitment to students and to learning. I look forward to working with each of you in the future.

    Take care,
    Chris

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    EDITORS

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    Comments and suggestions for the improvement of the newsletter are most welcome, and should be sent to a member of the editorial board.

    Joan Garfield
    Department of Educational Psychology
    University of Minnesota
    332 Burton Hall
    128 Pillsbury Dr., S.E.
    Minneapolis MN 55455
    (612) 625-0337
    Fax: (612) 624-8241
    jbg@umn.edu

    E. Jacquelin Dietz
    Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Meredith College
    3800 Hillsborough Street
    Raleigh, NC 27607-5298
    (919) 760-8234
    Fax: (919) 760-8141
    dietzjac@meredith.edu

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    MARK YOUR CALENDAR

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    May 17-19, 2007
    United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS 07)
    Columbus, Ohio, USA
    "Taking Statistics Teaching to the Next Level"
    http://www.causeweb.org/uscots

    July 29 - August 2, 2007
    Joint Statistical Meetings
    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2007/index.cfm

    August 19-21, 2007
    Satellite Conference IASE 56
    Guimarães, Portugal
    Assessing Student Learning in Statistics
    http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/iasesat07

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    Awards Given at JSM in Seattle

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    Several members of the section received awards at the Joint Statistics Meeting in Seattle, held August 2006.

    Waller Award
    Joy Jordan, now an associate professor of statistics, has been teaching at Lawrence University since fall 1999, after receiving her PhD from the University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University. Her teaching excellence has been recognized previously by (twice) winning the Allen T. Craig Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant at Iowa and being awarded the Young Teacher Award after her third year at Lawrence. Each of her nominating letters for the Waller award referred to Joyís "infectious enthusiasm" and "passion for teaching statistics." A former student wrote, "From the very first day, Dr. Jordan made sure the class saw that statistics was not just abstract, meaningless theorems and equations, but a subject that was relevant and that required creative thought... her creative assignments — from analyzing data on Dungeness crabs to writing computer programs to simulate data in an independent study — constantly challenged me to develop the critical thinking skills and creative thought needed to succeed as a graduate student and a statistician."

    Joy has been active in research on statistics education and has shared several successful innovations in teaching elementary statistics through publications and well-received presentations. These include the use of oral feedback attached electronically to student submitted work, creative writing assignments to develop and assess student learning in statistics and her famous performances of an end-of-term statistics rap (http://www.lawrence.edu/fast/jordanj/rap.html). She has also been active within the ASAís Section on Statistics Education, including initiating and organizing a successful mentor program to match beginning statistics instructors with experienced colleagues.

    The following members of the section were named ASA Fellows:
    Marcia Gumpertz
    Brad Hartlaub
    June Morita
    Deb Rumsey

    Founders Awards were given to:
    John Boyer
    Jackie Dietz
    Joe Ward

    In addition, Chris Franklin received the Mu Sigma Rho Award.

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    Planning for JSM 2007

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    Patti Collings, Program Chair
    Now that JSM 2006 is behind us, it's time to start thinking about JSM 2007 in Salt Lake City. Please begin now considering contributed sessions and papers where you can present to the Stat Ed community. Abstracts for contributed sessions and contributed papers can be submitted between December 1, 2006 and February 1, 2007. Already three contributed sessions have been suggested: (1) Study aids for students: What works and why?, (2) Non-traditional methods for introductory statistics, and (3) post-introductory undergraduate statistics curriculum including textbooks. If you are interested in participating in any of these, please let me know at
    collingsp@stat.byu.edu.

    Thank you, Patti B. Collings
    Program Chair for Stat Ed 2007

    Jackie Miller, Roundtable Chair and Program Chair for 2008
    While JSM 2006 may be starting to fade from your mind, JSM 2007 should be starting to appear on your mind's horizon. As the roundtable queen for the 2007 Joint Statistical Meetings in Salt Lake City, I invite you to submit any ideas that you feel would make for a good coffee or lunch roundtable discussion in statistics education for next year's JSM. Please send these ideas to me when you get the chance — right now I only need the basic idea, since abstract submission officially begins December 1. As an added bonus, you get a free breakfast (coffee and bagel) or free lunch if you're willing to lead a discussion. And, I am sure that there are other people interested in that idea that is screaming out to you "please talk about me in a roundtable discussion at JSM 2007 in Salt Lake City"... Remember that you can lead a coffee or lunch roundtable in addition to presenting in an invited or regular session.

    When you send me your topic/idea, let me know whether you would prefer a coffee or lunch roundtable (or if either would be fine). Some people have sent in great ideas, but there is still room for more. If you'd like to present a coffee or luncheon roundtable and are looking for an idea, I have some topics that need presenters.

    Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best, Jackie Miller
    miller.203@osu.edu

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    The National Numeracy Network

    Richard Scheaffer
    rls907@bellsouth.net

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    Do you think high school or college graduates should be able to comprehend the quantitative material presented in a daily newspaper or news show on TV? Should they understand interest rates or be able to differentiate between the number of deaths last year and the death rate for the year? Should they be able to intelligently question the reported results of an opinion poll? If you think graduates should possess such skills, you are a supporter of national numeracy. And that implies that you or your organization should seriously consider joining the National Numeracy Network.

    "The National Numeracy Network (NNN) envisions a society in which all citizens possess the power and habit of mind to search out quantitative information, critique it, reflect upon it, and apply it in their public, personal and professional lives." This vision statement and much related material, as well as information on how to join, can be found at the NNN website http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~nnn/

    "The National Numeracy Network promotes education that integrates quantitative skills across all disciplines and at all levels. To this end the Network supports faculty development, curriculum design, assessment strategies, education research and systemic change. The Network is the professional organization serving and promoting collaborations among those students, educators, academic centers, educational institutions, professional societies and corporate partners sharing our vision. The Network also strives to keep issues of quantitative literacy at the forefront of national and international conversations about educational priorities."

    Check out the website to find, among other interesting items:

    If all this wonderful information is free, why join? Join because Network is the key word in the title of this organization of academic programs, professional societies, and individuals. An institutional member can add descriptions of its own interests and initiatives in quantitative literacy, with links to its materials and programs. Institutional or individual members can add to the materials already on the website, such as the bookshelves mentioned above. NNN ensures that your quantitative literacy efforts will have a national audience of interested parties. Most importantly, you will be supporting a national effort for quantitative reasoning across the curriculum — an essential component of participatory democracy and fulfilling employment in the information age.

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    Professors Needed for AP Statistics Program

    Brad Hartlaub, Kenyon College

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    I would like to invite you to participate in a rewarding, professional service opportunity — the weeklong AP® Statistics Exam Reading from June 3-9, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. After grading exams for nine years in Lincoln, Nebraska, growth in the program has forced us to move to new facilities in Louisville.

    Participating in the annual reading has become an annual event for many teachers and professors. Approximately 90,000 exams were scored by 405 readers in 2006. College and university faculty members testify to the difference this experience has made in their teaching, grading, and professional life. Previous readers have said:

    The application process is simple and can be completed online. Information about qualifications and how to apply can be found at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/readers. Applications are accepted on a continual basis, but please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure consideration for the initial appointments to the 2007 Reading. The College Board provides an honorarium of $1450 for this service and covers all travel expenses, lodging, and meals.

    Each new reader will be paired with an experienced reader, and we will not assume that you have previous experience using holistic scoring. A holistic approach, rather than an analytical approach, is used to grade the free response questions because we have discovered that the holistic approach works very well for problems with multiple correct approaches where strong emphasis is placed on interpretation and communication.

    The social committee organizes a variety of voluntary activities that have included golfing, basketball games, swimming, playing cards, shopping, tossing pigs, watching movies, horse racing, sharing best practices from your classroom, and relaxing in a social lounge. Local attractions in 2007 will include Fourth Street Live, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and perhaps even a ride on a river steamboat, The Belle of Louisville.

    If you have any questions, contact Brad Hartlaub at hartlaub@kenyon.edu for more information.

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    Report from the Advisory Committee on Teacher Enhancement (ACTE)

    Rob Gould

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    The Advisory Committee on Teacher Enhancement is charged with advising the ASA board on matters involving teaching and statistics education. The ACTE includes 6 regular members appointed by the president and the chairs of other ASA committees with education related charges. This includes the Stat Ed Section chair and the chairs of the joint committees that work with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, and the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges.

    At our recent meeting in Seattle, two topics were of primary concern. The first is our concern that the ASA become very visible and vocal with respect to national education measures. The recently ASA-endorsed Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) have helped in this effort by providing guidelines that are useful in state-level discussions of educational standards. But unless well-informed statisticians are involved in drafting state standards, these guidelines will not be used. We expressed concern that the ASA, unlike the MAA, was not asked to endorse a trio of bills designed to strengthen math and science education. We will be examining ways to become more visible nationally so that we are consulted by policy makers. We are also concerned about statewide and nationwide attempts to create graduation tests in mathematics; we feel it is vitally important that the ASA have a voice in the design of such exams. Martha Aliaga, ASA Director of Programs, reported that she has been attending meetings of the Math Panel, a national policy-advising panel that might play a role in these issues.

    We also discussed a more pleasant problem. The number of members involved in statistics education has grown sufficiently large recently (the Stat Ed section recently passed the 1000 members mark) that communication is becoming a problem. There is a growing sense that different groups within the ASA could benefit if they were more aware of each others' efforts. Also, with growing competition for strategic initiative funds, the statistics education community might benefit by joining efforts on initiatives which it feels are of special importance. To help overcome potential communication challenges, the ACTE is drafting a position paper. Our intent is to update this paper annually and make it public so that the community is aware of the committee's goals and mission for the year. Another proposal was to establish space on the ASA web page devoted to gathering and disseminating information about the many educational activities from the various educational groups within the ASA.

    The ACTE was pleased to be invited to report to the board this year at JSM. We presented to the board a number of ACTE-sponsored member initiatives that have gone on to become successful programs. Many of these programs came from a 2001 brain-storming session hosted by Bob Stephenson, who was ACTE chair at the time. One such program is INSPIRE, a distance-learning course that includes a week-long workshop and is designed for first-time AP Statistics teachers. INSPIRE taught two cohorts of AP Stats teachers and will now go "public" in the winter of 2007. The US Conference on Teaching Statistics was held at the Ohio State University in 2005 and hosted over 300 educators from two-year colleges, high schools, four-year colleges and universities. The next USCOTS will be in May, 2007. The TEAMS conference, held at the University of Georgia in 2003, hosted 19 teams. Each team consisted of (at least) one high school teacher, a high school administrator, and a college educator. Teams were charged with developing a plan to improve statistics education in their community. The TEAMS conference led to the establishment of the GAISE, which have since been endorsed by the ASA and NCTM. CAUSE, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education, also began as an ACTE-supported SI, and has since grown to become a national consortium that hosts the Causeweb — an online set of resources for teaching and research — and the Causeway workshops, which are teaching statistics pedagogy and content to teachers around the country.

    The ACTE heard a report about the Meeting Within a Meeting (MWM) that will be held at the next JSM in Salt Lake City. The MWM, proposed by Martha Aliaga, will offer one-day workshops designed to help local teachers (K-12) better teach statistics. The MWM will offer an opportunity for local chapters to get further involved with statistics education at the local level. The MWM will also help feed STEW (Statistics Teaching and Education Website). STEW is an ACTE-sponsored initiative to disseminate quality lesson plans for K-12 teachers.

    What does the future hold? We're looking forward to an initiative to improve TA training. At many universities, undergraduates learn most of their statistics from teaching assistants, and the ACTE is teaming with the Stat Ed section to begin to investigate ways in which institutions can share successful methods for TA training. Look for a luncheon roundtable discussion in Salt Lake in 2007 and a panel discussion in Denver in 2008. We're also working on a proposal, again together with the Stat Ed Section, to produce guidelines and materials to prepare K-12 teachers to teach statistics. This initiative will mesh nicely with the new ICMI (International Commission on Mathematics Instruction) and the IASE (International Association of Statistics Education) study "Statistics Education in School Mathematics: Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education" and, of course, builds nicely on the GAISE.

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    The United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS 07) Takes Statistics Teaching Up a Notch!

    Deb Rumsey

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    The second biennial United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS 07) will be held on May 17-19, 2007, at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by CAUSE, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education. The target audience for USCOTS is teachers of undergraduate and AP statistics, from any discipline or type of institution. Teachers from two-year colleges are particularly encouraged to attend.

    The theme for USCOTS 07 is Taking Statistics Teaching to the Next Level. 'Next level' has many interpretations, such as developing a second course, gaining more confidence in teaching statistics, moving students beyond statistical literacy to statistical thinking, and using the latest technology to improve teaching and learning. USCOTS is a 'working conference' with many opportunities for hands-on activities, demonstrations, networking, sharing ideas, and receiving the latest information on research and best practices in teaching statistics. Leaders in statistics education will give plenary talks, including Jessica Utts, Paul Velleman, Dick DeVeaux, Allan Rossman, and Mike Shaughnessy.

    We are calling for proposals for the Idea Exchange Forum (formerly known as the spotlight sessions) for USCOTS. This forum provides an opportunity for conference participants to display, demonstrate, present, and discuss their favorite examples, activities, methods, and ideas. Due to limited space, the Idea Exchange Forum will be limited to 80 presenters. Abstracts submitted before February 1, 2007, will receive feedback from the session organizers by March 1. Final abstracts should be submitted by April 1, 2007. Abstracts submitted between February 1 and April 1 will be considered for selection, but will not receive feedback from the session organizers. All applicants will be notified whether they were selected by April 17.

    Registration for USCOTS 07 is $150 before April 1, 2007, and $200 thereafter. Registration grants are available on a limited basis (does not include hotel and travel). The registration fee (which includes conference lunches and a banquet dinner) will be waived for a limited number of participants for whom the fee would be a burden. Priority will be given to graduate students planning a career in teaching, high school teachers, and to those who participate in the Idea Exchange Forum. When you register for USCOTS 07 you can submit your Idea Exchange Forum abstract and/or apply for a registration grant.

    To register for USCOTS 07, visit the website at http://www.causeweb.org/uscots. For more information, contact Deb Rumsey, USCOTS Program Chair, at rumsey@stat.ohio-state.edu.

    We look forward to seeing you at USCOTS 07. Your participation will certainly help us take the conference to the next level!

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    JSE – Comments from the Next Editor

    Bill Notz

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    Let me introduce myself. I am Bill Notz, a faculty member in the Department of Statistics at the Ohio State University, and I will be the new editor of the Journal of Statistics Education. My term officially begins January 1, 2007. However, to smooth the transition from the outgoing editor, Bob Stephenson, I will handle all new submissions beginning September 1, 2006. Bob will continue to handle revisions to insure continuity in the ongoing review process. New manuscripts can be sent to me at jse@stat.ohio-state.edu. Bob has promised to forward to me any new manuscripts that are sent to him. Thus, sooner or later all new manuscripts will arrive on my desk.

    My editorial coordinator is Jean Scott. Jean also works with Dennis Pearl on CAUSE and so has some familiarity with the statistics education community.

    Because I have no duties until September 1, I have had time to think about what I would like to do as editor. A session at the 2006 JSM in Seattle provided me with inspiration for a new feature of the journal devoted to the topic of research informing practice. The goal is to publish papers describing how teachers have taken the findings of research on teaching and learning and implemented these ideas in the classroom. To launch this new feature, I hope to have an introductory article in the first issue of the journal in 2007.

    It has been pointed out to me that we have not been taking full advantage of the fact that JSE is an electronic journal. The electronic format allows authors to do more than is possible on paper alone. I encourage authors to be creative and make use of the possibilities of a web-based publication.

    If you have any suggestions for directions for the journal, feel free to share them with me. Likewise, if you have complaints, let me know. I previously served as the editor of Technometrics and learned that an editor must be ready to accept criticism and respond constructively if she or he wishes to be successful.

    If you have any concerns as to whether an article is appropriate for the journal, please feel free to contact me. I can always conduct a quick screen of an article and provide suggestions. I also encourage articles from international authors.

    Finally, I would like to express my thanks to Bob Stephenson for his outstanding service to the journal (and his help in getting me oriented), to the editorial board for their hard work, for the contribution of all those who have served as reviewers, and for the support and encouragement of many friends of the journal. As all editors know, the editorial board and reviewers are the folks that do the really important work.

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    Joint SOCR CAUSEway Continuing Education Workshop 2007

    UCLA, Los Angeles, California

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    The 2007 joint SOCR/CAUSEway continuing education workshop aims at demonstrating the functionality, utilization and assessment of the current UCLA, SOCR and CAUSEweb resources. This workshop will be of most value to AP teachers and college instructors of probability and statistics classes who have interests in exploring novel IT-based approaches for enhancing statistics education. The workshop will provide an interactive forum for exchange of ideas and recommendations for strategies to integrate computers, modern pedagogical approaches, the Internet and new student assessment techniques.

    Information: http://wiki.stat.ucla.edu/socr/index.php/SOCR_Events_Aug2007/.

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    Group Discussion in Online Statistics Courses

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    A nice article by Michelle Everson on how to generate discussions in online statistics courses can be found at http://www.elearnmag.org/.

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    STATCOM: Engaging Statistics Students in Their Communities

    Amy E. Watkins

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) is a student-driven pro bono statistical consulting organization started at Purdue University's Department of Statistics in 2001. Recently, STATCOM was awarded an ASA Member Initiatives Grant to promote the development of similar programs at other colleges and universities. This grant is sponsored by the Central Indiana Chapter, the Section on Statistical Education, and the Section on Statistical Consulting. STATCOM offers statistical advice and expertise free of charge to governmental and nonprofit groups. These services include:

    Students benefit greatly from pro bono statistical consulting. They gain practical experience, acquire written and oral communication skills, interact with professionals in the field, and develop a sense of volunteerism even before they become practicing statisticians. By introducing a service learning component, students can apply statistical methods learned in the classroom to real-life statistical problems.

    STATCOM at Purdue is promoting the development of other pro bono consulting programs at other colleges in universities. In fact, two other STATCOMs have already been established: STATCOM at University of Washington and STATCOM at Cornell University! STATCOM at Purdue is currently serving as a resource to other colleges and universities interested in starting similar programs. Ultimately, the goal is to establish a formal network among all pro bono statistical consulting programs.

    STATCOM at Purdue can send you a packet of materials that can help with the development of a pro bono statistical consulting service. Members of STATCOM can also visit your college or university to talk to interested students and faculty.

    If you are interested in learning more about STATCOM at Purdue or would like to start an organization at your own university, please contact:

    STATCOM Outreach
    Department of Statistics
    Purdue University
    150 N. University Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2067

    Phone: 765-494-5324
    Fax: 765-494-0558
    Email:
    statcom-outreach@stat.purdue.edu
    http://www.stat.purdue.edu/external_relations/statcom

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    Announcement and Call for Conference Papers

    Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
    Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)


    The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI, http://www.mathunion.org/ICMI/) and the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE, http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/) are pleased to announce the Joint ICMI /IASE Study Statistics Education in School Mathematics: Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education.

    Following the tradition of ICMI Studies, this Study will comprise two parts: the Joint Study Conference and the production of the Joint Study book. The Joint Study Conference will be merged with the IASE 2008 Round Table Conference.

    The Joint Study Conference (ICMI Study and IASE Round Table Conference) will take place at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores. Monterrey, Mexico (http://www.mty.itesm.mx/), from June 30 to July 4, 2008. Participation in the Conference is only by invitation, based on a submitted contribution and a refereeing process. Accepted papers will be presented in the Conference and will appear in the Proceedings that will be published by ICMI and IASE as a CD-ROM and on the Internet.

    The second part of the Joint Study — the Joint Study book — will be produced after the conference and will be published in the ICMI Study Series. Participation in the Joint Study Conference does not automatically assure participation in the book, since a second selection and rewriting of selected papers will be made after the conference.

    Proposed papers for contributions to the Joint Study Conference should be submitted by e-mail no later than October 1, 2007, to the IPC Study Chair (Carmen Batanero, batanero@ugr.es). Papers should be relevant to the Joint Study focus and research questions, as described in the Discussion Document (which is available at the Joint Study Website (http://www.ugr.es/~icmi/iase_study/). Guidelines for preparing and submitting the paper are also available in the Discussion Document. Please address questions to Carmen Batanero, batanero@ugr.es.

    International Programme Committee
    Carmen Batanero (Spain, Chair), Bernard Hodgson (Canada, representing ICMI), Allan Rossman (USA, representing IASE), Armando Albert (México), Dani Ben-Zvi (Israel), Gail Burrill (USA), Doreen Connor (UK), Joachim Engel (Germany), Joan Garfield (USA), Jun Li (China), Maria Gabriella Ottaviani (Italy), Lionel Pereira Mendoza (Singapore), Maxine Pfannkuch (New Zealand), Mokaeane Victor Polaki (Lesotho), and Chris Reading (Australia).

    Local Organising Committee
    Blanca Ruiz (Chair), Armando Albert, Tomás Sánchez, Ernesto Sánchez

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