Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 2, Number 1 (Winter 1996)

At last summer's meetings in Orlando, the Section decided to continue publishing its newsletter for at least two more years at two issues per year. This was based upon the positive feedback of readers, both formally via a readers' survey (see article on page 2) and informally through personal communications between readers, editors, and section officers.

Reader input also helped us decide upon a few changes. First, beginning with the next issue (i.e., volume 2, number 2 to appear in June of 1996) the newsletter will be available on e-mail. Since overseas postage is expensive, we wish to make the e-mail version the default version for our international readers. We strongly urge all international readers to send a request for e-mail subscription to Carol Blumberg. Others who prefer to get their newsletter via e-mail should also send such a request to Carol.

To get the newsletter by e-mail just send a short request to Carol Blumberg at

The Section also decided on a subscription policy for non- section or non-ASA members. Non-section members who are ASA members should simply join the section to become subscribers to the newsletter. Non-ASA members who do not wish to join ASA may subscribe to the newsletter at an annual cost of $8. These people should mail in the form (or a copy of it) given at the end of this article.

The content of the newsletter beginning with this issue also reflects some editorial changes suggested by readers. Besides articles that describe resources for teaching or announce or report on conferences, we will have more substantive articles about teaching or statistics. In this newsletter Neil Ullman gives us one such article, a philosophical piece on teaching statistics based upon some current thinking of his. Michael Frey's article initiates a "Q & A" column. Readers suggested both types of articles in the reader survey last summer.

As always, we encourage your input about the newsletter. Is it useful; can you suggest improvements? Please let us know what you think.

Carol Joyce Blumberg
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Winona State University
Winona, MN 55987-5838
PHONE: (507) 457-5589 or 457-5370
FAX: (507) 457-5376

Joan Garfield
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Minnesota
332 Burton Hall
128 Pillsbury Drive, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
PHONE: (612) 625-0337
FAX: (612) 624-8241

Tom Moore
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA 50112
PHONE: (515) 269-4206
FAX: (515) 269-4984

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