The First International Research Forum on Statistical Reasoning Thinking and Literacy

Kibbutz Be'eri, Israel, July 18-23, 1999
Dani Ben-Zvi

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 6, Number 1 (Winter 2000)

The First International Research Forum on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy, was held in Kibbutz Be'eri), located in the beautiful northwest Negev hills, near the Gaza Strip, a one hour drive from Tel-Aviv, in Israel.

This gathering took place under the umbrellas of the International Study Group for Research on Learning Probability and Statistics and the International Association for Statistics Education. It was sponsored by the University of Minnesota, the Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger Conference Foundation at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Kibbutz Be'eri. The Forum was co-chaired by Joan Garfield (University of Minnesota, USA) and Dani Ben-Zvi (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), who are currently Vice-Presidents of the IASE.

The SRTL Forum offered an opportunity for a small, interdisciplinary group of researchers from six different countries (Australia, Belgium, Northern Ireland, Israel, UK, and US) to meet for five days, to share their work, discuss important issues, and initiate collaborative projects.

Sessions were held in an informal style with a high level of interaction. We experimented in using videos of classroom work or interviews with students, as a way to present, discuss and argue parts of the research work, we are immersed in. We learned that videos are an important tool to use both in research on statistics teaching and learning and in sharing our work.

Our forum was very successful and is planned to lead to an edited book on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy. The book will summarize the work presented, discussions conducted on theoretical, methodological, pedagogical, assessment, literacy and communication emerging issues.

This was only the beginning of a very exciting and promising line of research. There is much work to be done. We hope to offer new or expanded networks, an e-mail discussion list, and a second Research Forum (SRTL-2) in the year 2001 in Australia.

If you would like to learn more about our research forum, or learn how to become involved in SRTL-2, please visit the SRTL website ( or contact Joan Garfield ( or Dani Ben-Zvi (

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