An Overview of the Statistical Education Program for JSM 1999 in Baltimore

Brad Hartlaub
Kenyon College

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 5, Number 2 (Summer 1999)

Every major time slot during the conference has at least one session for those participants interested in statistical education. The ASA Section on Statistical Education will sponsor or co-sponsor six invited sessions, five special contributed sessions, and four regular contributed sessions. There will be approximately 20 contributed posters in the Teaching/Pedagogy category and roundtable discussions will be available on two days of the conference. For the latest information on the program, point your web browser to

This Section will sponsor three invited sessions: [(1) Developing and promoting statistical literacy at the undergraduate level; (2) Incorporating recommended teaching methods in the introductory statistics course: How to get it all done/should we try to get it all done?; (3) Mathematics education reform: the role of statistics] and co-sponsor three other invited sessions [(1) Using sports activities, examples, and data in teaching statistics; (2) NCTM and statistics education: A profile of some current activities; (3) Statistics education and the Mathematical Association of America.]

"Developing and promoting statistical literacy at the undergraduate level" has been organized by Deborah Rumsey. This session will focus on the fact that statistical literacy is gaining attention by legislators, lawyers, business executives, parents, and educators in all disciplines. This presents our profession with some challenges and these challenges will be addressed in this session. J. Laurie Snell will present "Using chance media to promote statistical literacy"; "Statistics and the liberal arts" will be presented by George Cobb; Idda Gal will refocus our attention with "Enhancing the literacy aspect of statistical literacy"; and Jessica Utts will let us know "What every educated person should know about statistical studies." Joan Garfield will serve as the discussant for this session on Monday, August 9 at 2:00.

Chandler Pike has organized a session called "Incorporating recommended teaching methods in the introductory statistics course: How to get it all done/should we try to get it all done?" Wow, that was a mouthful! Having a full agenda and limited time is nothing new for instructors in introductory courses. However, this session promises to contain some interesting strategies for clearing your plate and allowing some room for innovative teaching methods. Beth Chance will present "Introductory statistics: optimizing the mix"; "An eclectic approach to teaching introductory statistics -- integrating multiple pedagogies" will be presented by Roxy Peck. Paul Velleman will show us how to "[Match] the medium and the message" in his presentation and Robin Lock will serve as the discussant. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10 at 10:30.

"Mathematics education reform: the role of statistics," has been organized by Richard Scheaffer. This session includes distinguished leaders of the mathematics education reforms that have taken place over the past 15 years. We will be informed about the past, present, and future efforts with these reforms, especially in the K-12 grades, with emphasis on the key role that statistics is playing. "Mathematics education reform: What is its shape and what are the results?" will be presented by John Dossey; Glenda Lappan will present "A high quality mathematics education for every student: How is NCTM working toward this goal?"; and Joan Ferrini-Mundy will present "Improving K-12 mathematics education: tracing the place of statistics." Carey Bolster will serve as the discussant for this session, which is scheduled for Thursday at 10:30.

If you are interested in sports you will not want to miss the session Robin Lock has organized for Sunday at 4:00, "Using sports activities, examples, and data in teaching statistics." Karla Ballman will present "Sports-based classroom activities," Robert Wardrop will provide "Sports examples for the classroom," and James Box will reload our browsers with "Sports data resources on the WWW."

Joan Garfield and The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics have organized "NCTM and statistics education: A profile of some current activities." Gail Burrill will present "The overall importance and growing role of statistics in secondary school mathematics," "Statistics goes to school" will be presented by Richard Scheaffer; and Jerry Moreno will tell us about "The ASA/NCTM Joint Committee's role in promoting statistics education in schools." Jeff Witmer will serve as the discussant for this session on Wednesday at 10:30.

"Statistics education and the Mathematical Association of America," has been organized by George Cobb. Ann Watkins will present "The CBMS survey and statistics teaching in the United States," Allan Rossman will describe "Workshops for mathematicians who teach statistics," Tom Moore will introduce "Resources for teachers of statistics: A new volume in the MAA Notes Series," and David Moore will focus on "Statistics and Mathematics: their association, their associations, and the future." Dex Whittinghill will chair this session at 8:30 Thursday morning.

The section is also sponsoring six invited technical exhibits on Sunday evening from 5:00 until 7:30 PM. Christine Franklin will present "Are you ready for AP Statistics?" Zaven Karian will update us on "Symbolic computation and statistics education," Alexander Kugushev will provide an "Online introduction to statistics," Jerry Moreno will highlight "ASA - Outreach projects," Deborah Rumsey will introduce "A statistics teaching and resource library (STAR) on the WWW," and Paul Velleman will present "Multimedia instruction in statistics."

The roundtable discussions have been organized by Tom Short, Villanova University. There will be five roundtable discussions on Tuesday from 12:30 -

2:00 PM [(1) "The impact of AP-Statistics on statistical education," Fred Djang, Choate Rosemary; (2) "Using multimedia resources in the introductory statistics class," Joan Garfield, University of Minnesota; (3) "Web resources for teaching statistics," Robin Lock, St. Lawrence University; (4) "How does technology affect non-cognitive learning factors in teaching and learning introductory statistics?," Carl Lee, Central Michigan University; (5) "Starting a local/regional poster competition," Linda Quinn, QED Industries, Inc.] and five more on Wednesday from 12:30 - 2:00 PM [(1) "Integrating journal papers into courses in statistics," Anne Barker, Rochester Institute of Technology; (2) "Alternative topics for introductory statistics," Don Bentley, Pomona College; (3) "Using technology to develop statistical reasoning and thinking," Bob delMas, University of Minnesota; (4) "Data issues in institution-wide assessment," Margaret Land, Texas A&M University, Kingville; (5) "Statistical literacy for all," Milo Schield, Augsburg College.]

The special contributed program contains three sessions and two panel discussions. John Holcomb has organized a session on "Course Projects" which will kick off the statistical education related activities on Sunday at 2:00 PM. On Monday at 8:30 you will find the session "Statistical literacy: critical thinking about observational data," organized by Milo Schield. On Tuesday there will be two special contributed sessions related to AP Statistics. Patti Collings has organized a panel discussion on "Teaching advanced placement statistics in high schools" where high school teachers will share their experiences, and Fred Djang has organized a session which will focus on "Resources for AP statistics teachers." The special contributed program will end with a panel discussion, "Watching videotapes of your consulting and teaching: reflections from ten years later," organized by Douglas Zahn.

The regular contributed program contains an interesting mix of topics. On Sunday at 4:00 Brian Jones, Kenyon College, will chair a session on "Using technology in the classroom." Paul Roback, Bucknell University, will chair a session on Monday at 10:30 focusing on "Activities for the classroom." On Wednesday at 2:00 Douglas Andrews, Wittenberg University, will chair the session on "Different teaching methods: comparisons and comments." Joan Weinstein, Pine Manor College, will chair the final regular contributed session, "Attitudes, Anxieties, Assessment, and some new ideas," on Thursday at 8:30.

Please join us for what appears to be a very interesting and exciting conference in Baltimore.

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