STAT ED PROGRAM FOR CHICAGO JSM

Allan Rossman
Dickinson College

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


The Section on Statistical Education will be well represented on the program for the 1996 Joint Statistical Meetings in Chicago. We are sponsoring four invited paper sessions and will co-sponsor several others that should be of interest to our members. Topics range from questioning whether or not to teach Bayesian statistics at the introductory level to discussing how to evaluate reforms in the teaching of statistics to demonstrating the newest multimedia and software programs for helping students learn statistics. (This last topic produced so many intriguing suggestions as to warrant two sessions.) The titles of these invited sessions are:
Updating Opinions: Bayesian Possibilities for Introductory Statistics,
Evaluating Reforms in Teaching Statistics: A Panel Discussion,
Technology for Helping Students Learn Statistics, and
Software for Learning Probability and Statistics.

More details on these sessions will appear in the next newsletter, but suffice it to say that leading statistics educators will be presenting their viewpoints.

We are also hoping to arrange several sessions of special and regular contributed papers. Special contributed paper sessions are arranged around a common theme, while individuals are welcome to speak on any topic related to statistics education in the regular contributed paper sessions. Details and instructions for submissions of abstracts can be found in the October and November issues of Amstat News. Please consider making a presentation at one of these sessions, but be advised that the submission deadline is February 1, 1996. (We realize that this deadline may have passed when you get this newsletter.) Also, we invite you to volunteer to be a discussant or a chair for one of these contributed paper sessions. To volunteer, contact Allan Rossman.

Our section will also be hosting several roundtable luncheons arranged according to various themes related to statistical education. Roxy Peck has been organizing these sessions.

Please plan to attend the Chicago meetings and to support the many Stat Ed sessions on the program. For further information on our Section's program for the Chicago meetings, please contact:

Allan Rossman
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Dickinson College
Carlisle PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1668
FAX:(717) 245-1690
rossman@dickinson.edu


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