Roxy Peck
California Polytechnic State University
1997 Section Program Chair

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

The Stat Ed Section has an exciting and very full program planned for the Joint Statistical Meetings in August. Plan on staying an extra day to see Disneyland, because there is at least one Stat Ed sponsored session in every time slot!

We have four invited sessions planned. On Sunday, August 10 at 4:00 p.m. we have a session titled "Capstone Experiences in the Undergraduate Statistics Curriculum" that will take a look at three different approaches to providing a statistics capstone experience for students majoring in statistics. On Monday morning from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. we will be sponsoring one of two special invited poster sessions. This is a new format for the ASA, and the Stat Ed session will feature externally funded projects in statistics education. The posters will address both the project itself and the funding process. Rounding out the invited program are a session chaired by Sandy Weisberg on "Using Graphics to Teach Statistics and Statistics to Teach Graphics" on Tuesday, August 12 from 10:30 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 13 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. an invited panel titled "What I Did/Didn't Learn in School and How I Have/Haven't Used it in My First Few Years in Industry".

In addition to the invited program, there are also three special contributed sessions. Carl Lee has organized a session featuring the winners of the Innovative Programs Using Technology Competition. Innovations in teaching introductory and general education statistics courses will be the theme of a session organized by Neil Schwertman, and Peter Bruce has organized a contributed panel on the use of resampling and simulation in the AP statistics course.

The regular contributed program is also full of interesting sessions. There are eight in all: Student Attitudes and Performance; Using the Internet, Spreadsheets, and Software in Statistics Courses; Techniques for Teaching Mathematical Statistics; Visualizing Concepts; Integrating Projects, Problems, and PC's into Introductory Statistics Courses; Teaching Non-Traditional Students; Statistics Programs: Past and Present; and Stat Ed Poster Session

As I said--it is a full program. In addition to the sessions described above, the Stat Ed Section is also co-sponsoring a number of particularly relevant sessions organized by other sections. So, I hope that we will see you at the Stat Ed sessions in Anaheim. And when you register, don't forget to check out the Stat Ed Roundtable Luncheons. This year they are scheduled over two different days so you can even fit in two! Jerry Moreno has done a great job of selecting discussion topics, so even with the opportunity to pick two, it will still be hard to choose.

For further information contact Roxy Peck at:
Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-2971
Fax: (805) 756-1670

See you in Anaheim!

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