January 2000 Statistics Workshop at LSU Targets Teacher-Educators

James Madden

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 6, Number 2 (Summer 2000)

Data-handling, statistics and probability are receiving increased attention in K-12 school curricula, and university-based teacher preparation programs around the state of Louisiana have responded by giving these topics greater prominence. A workshop at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, January 5--8, 2000, brought together 25 teacher-educators from 11 colleges and universities around the state to share perspectives with one another and with national leaders in curriculum design.

The workshop was sponsored by the Louisiana Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers (LaCEPT) and organized by LSU Professor James Madden. It gave participants an opportunity to showcase their own ideas and in addition featured day-long working sessions led by Professor J. Laurie Snell (Dartmouth) and Professor Beth Chance (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo).

Workshop participants split into four working groups. Each group concentrated on a specific lesson topic. During Laurie's day, the groups developed ways of integrating web-based resources in lesson design. On Beth's day, the groups designed evaluation instruments to use in conjunction with their topic.

The participants plan to continue working on the design and implementation of course modules during the year and to share their products with one another. A record of the workshop together with up-dates on follow-up activities can be found at: http://www.math.lsu.edu/~madden/workshop

LaCEPT receives funding from NSF and the State of Louisiana and is administered by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Since the mid 1990's, it has played a key role in encouraging and supporting the reform of university-based teacher preparation programs.

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