IASE Roundtable 2004
General Call for Papers

Richard Scheaffer
University of Florida

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 9, Number 2 (Summer 2003)

The International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI) are organizing the 2004 Roundtable on Curricular Development in Statistics Education, which will be held at Lund Institute of Technology at Lund University in Lund, Sweden from 28 June to 3 July 2004. The Roundtable will bring together a small number of experts, representing as many different countries as possible, to discuss one another's views and approaches to curriculum for teaching statistics. The Roundtable Conference will provide opportunities for developing better mutual understanding of common problems and for making recommendations concerning the statistics curriculum. A main outcome of the Roundtable will be a monograph containing a set of papers, which have been prepared for and discussed during the conference. The monograph will present a global overview of the conference that can serve as a starting point for further research on issues related to the statistics curriculum.

The need for processing the increasing amount of data people receive in the course of their work and lives has made it imperative that students leave elementary and secondary schools prepared to make reasoned decisions based on sound statistical thinking. Countries and communities have approached this problem in different ways. The Round Table will provide the opportunity for sharing what works and to highlight the challenges and potential solutions researchers have faced as they design and implement curricula to produce statistically literate citizens. The Roundtable will be held immediately prior to the Tenth International Congress on Mathematical Education to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2004, July 4-11.

The IASE Scientific Program Committee will prepare the program and schedule for the Roundtable. The Committee has agreed on a list of topics that will form the basis of the discussions and invites those interested to send in a three-page summary of their proposed paper. The major topics to be addressed at the primary, secondary, tertiary, or inservice levels are:

Theoretical papers should include: a) the statement of the problem, b) background or appropriate previous work, c) discussion of main arguments, d) implications for curricular development, e) references.

Descriptions of experimental research should include: a) the statement of the problem and methodology, b) background or appropriate previous work; c) data analysis and discussion of main results; d) implications for curricular development; e) references.

Descriptions of curriculum innovations should include a) focus and philosophy of the curriculum, b) background and development process, c) description, d) pilot and implementation results, e) sources and references.

The Program Committee will review the summaries. Authors of papers that seem promising in terms of the overall Roundtable program will be encouraged to submit full papers. The final selection will be made on the basis of the contribution of the paper to the thinking of the field and to ensure representation from diverse communities across the world.

Manuscript Submission
Papers may be submitted for the primary, secondary, tertiary, or inservice levels within each of the topics according to the following process. Authors must submit a three-page summary of a proposed paper for review by the Program Committee. Authors of summaries that are in line with the goals of the overall Roundtable program will be asked to submit full papers. The final selection of papers to be presented at the Roundtable will be made on the basis of their contribution to curricular development in statistics, with attention given to balance across topics and across diverse communities from around the world.

Summaries should be submitted electronically as a Word file. Pictures and graphs should be embedded within the text. Margins should be 1.24 cm all around in Times, 12-point font.

Important Deadlines
October 1, 2003 for submission of summaries of papers to the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, Gail Burrill at burrill@msu.edu
November 1, 2003 for provisional acceptance of papers
January 2004 for first draft of papers
March 2004 for final acceptance of papers for the Roundtable
July 2004 for presentation of papers at Roundtable
October 2004 for final version of revised papers

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