AIMS Project Looking for Potential Class Testers

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 12, Number 1 (Spring 2007)

AIMS (Adapting and Implementing innovative Materials in Statistics) is a  two-year NSF-funded project being conducted in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota that is building on several types of innovative materials that have been produced in the past few years for introductory statistics courses. These materials include textbooks, software, web resources, and special simulation tools. Lesson plans and student activity guides are being developed, used, and evaluated for a series of lessons to transform an introductory statistics course into one that implements the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) for teaching introductory statistics courses. The innovative new lessons are designed to involve students in lots of discussion, computer explorations, and small group activities. The lessons build on implications from current educational research.

We are now developing a proposal for a second AIMS project that will allow us to evaluate the implementation of the lessons in different institutions and courses. We are looking for teachers of undergraduate introductory statistics courses that have the interest and flexibility to adopt this set of lessons and use them to teach an entire course. The grant would provide professional development training, software needed by students, and all necessary materials. If funded, the workshop could take place in Summer 2008 and the course could be implemented in Spring 2009. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Joan Garfield at We will submit the grant towards the end of fall 2007, so we would like to hear from interested instructors by September 2007.

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