Brian Phillips, Chair IPC, ICOTS-5
Swinburne University of Technology

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 5, Number 1 (Winter 1999)

In June, 1998 the Fifth International Conference on Teaching Statistics, ICOTS-5, was held over five days at Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore. The ICOTS conferences are one of the main activities of the IASE and are held every four years. Over 400 participants from some 40 countries attended and more than 200 papers were presented.

One of the innovative aspects of the program was the incorporation of the conference theme, Expanding the Network, as a formal part of the program. The purpose was to establish special interest groups of people who met at the conference who wished to have ongoing communication. These networks were designed to keep each other informed of activities in the area, to share hard-to-find information with others in the group, and for general discussion and interchange of knowledge and ideas. Several groups were established and a number of internet list-servers have already been set up which have now started to operate. These can be found on the site http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/info/iase/

The invited paper sessions included papers on statistical education at all levels including secondary, post secondary, continuing education in the workplace and in the wider society. The program also provided opportunities for participants to gain an international perspective, to learn about the roles of technology and research in statistical education as well as to have exposure to a number of other determinants and developments in statistical education.

The three volume proceedings give the best continuing record of the conference, and are available for purchase from:
425 Race Course Road
Singapore 218671
Tel: (65) 299 8992
FAX: (65) 299 8983
e-mail: ctmapl@singnet.com.sg

The cost is: IASE/ISI Member $65 plus shipping/ handling. Non-member $80 plus shipping/handling (all prices are in Singapore dollars).

Planning for ICOTS-6 which will be held in South Africa in 2002 has started. Anyone who would like to be involved in an organising role should contact Brian Phillips at: bphillips@swin.edu.au or keep an eye on the IASE site http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/info/iase/

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