CURRENT ACTIVITIES OF ASA'S CENTER FOR STATISTICAL EDUCATION

Chris Maley
Education Coordinator, ASA

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 3, Number 2 (Summer 1997)


While the American Statistical Association is primarily a professional organization, 1997 finds the ASA Center for Statistical Education continuing its commitment to bringing statistics to students, encouraging the use of statistics in the classroom, and promoting the value of statistical practices and methods to teachers and students alike.

The ASA will be sponsoring a series of workshops this summer for teachers in grades K-12 with the express purpose of bringing statistics into the classroom and also of facilitating the use of statistical methods within the broader study of the natural sciences. If you would like more information on these workshops, please contact Sue Kulesher at ASA at (703) 684- 1221 x150; sue@amstat.org.

The Center for Statistical Education also sponsors a poster and project competition for students in grades K-12. While many students may view statistical practice and data collection as a tedious endeavor at best, the poster and project competitions endeavor to make statistics entertaining and vital to classroom study. The winners of both competitions receive recognition for their accomplishments and have their work proudly displayed at the Joint Statistical Meetings.

At the Joint Statistical Meetings in Anaheim this year, the ASA will also sponsor the second annual Public Statistics Day. First held at last year's meetings in Chicago, Public Statistics Day provides a forum for K-12 students to learn statistical concepts and methods from ASA members in a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.

The Center for Statistical Education is also pleased to be a part of the upcoming Science Education and Quantitative Literacy (SEAQL) Workshops. Response to this program has been overwhelming; if you would like to participate in this program in 1998 for a fee, or know someone who would, please contact me. Editors' Note: Information on SEAQL and the upcoming workshops is given in the article by Jeff Witmer that follows this article.

In addition to these activities, the Center for Statistical Education is active in several committees supported by the ASA, including the Advisory Committee on Continuing Education, the Advisory Committee on Quantitative Literacy, the ASA-MAA Joint Committee on Undergraduate Statistics, and the ASA-NCTM Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. The goal of each of these committees is to improve and expand upon the role played by statistics within the framework of a general education program.

As you can see, this is a very busy, yet rewarding, time for the Center for Statistical Education. If you would like further information on the CSE or the programs and activities mentioned above, please contact:
Chris Maley
American Statistical Association
732 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1943
(703) 684-1221x162
chris@amstat.org.


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