Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy

William T. Mickelson
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 8, Number 2 (Summer 2002)

The third in a series of International Research Forums on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy (SRTL-3) is to be held in the United States of America in July 2003 at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This gathering offers an opportunity for a small, interdisciplinary group of researchers from around the world to meet for a few days to share their work, discuss important issues, and initiate collaborative projects. Having emerged from the two previous forums, the topic and focus of SRTL-3 will be Reasoning about Variability. The Forum is co-chaired by Dani Ben-Zvi (University of Haifa, Israel) and Joan Garfield (University of Minnesota, USA), co-organized by William Mickelson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) and Chris Reading (University of New England, Australia), and planned by a prestigious international advisory committee.

This gathering is sponsored by the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), the American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Statistical Education, and the Teachers College Institute and Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

Based on the SRTL tradition, we plan to keep the number of participants small to facilitate a working research forum. There are two possible roles for participants in this Forum. The first is to present current research on reasoning about variability, while the second is to discuss and react to research presentations. Participants will be strongly encouraged to use videotape and written transcripts of students in classroom and interview settings to provide illustrations of what the researchers are learning about how students reason about variability. As with the previous SRTL Research Forums, we encourage the participation of young promising scholars. One outcome of the Forum will be the publication of a proceedings book summarizing the work presented, discussions conducted, and issues emerging from this gathering.

The SRTL-3 Research Forum organizers invite anyone interested in participating in this forum to contact them as soon as possible. For more information, visit the SRTL-3 website at, or contact: William T. (Bill) Mickelson, Ph.D., Dept. of Educational Psychology, 31 Teachers College Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0345; (402) 472-1196; Fax (402) 472-8317; E-mail:

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