July 7-11, 1998
Hanover, NH

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 4, Number 1 (Winter 1998)

A Chance Workshop will be held at Dartmouth College July 7-11, 1998. Chance is an innovative introductory quantitative literacy course which teaches basic concepts from probability and statistics in the context of current issues in the news such as medical trials, opinion polls, weather prediction, and the use of DNA fingerprinting in the courts. The aim of the course is to make students better able to understand and critically analyze chance news. The Chance course makes significant use of group learning and activities. The workshop will allow college teachers to experience a brief version of the Chance course and to learn how it is taught. The workshop is supported by the NSF.

More information about the Chance course and an application form for the workshop can be found at the Chance web site: or by e-mail from, or by writing to

J. Laurie Snell
Dartmouth College
Department of Mathematics
618 Bradley Hall
Hanover, NH 03755

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