ASA Journal Gets New Name, Mission
Jeff Witmer, Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education Editor-in-Chief
The Journal of Statistics Education (JSE) is evolving and taking on a new name. Starting in 2021, the journal will be called the Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education (JSDSE).
JSE has been publishing papers about the teaching of statistics since 1993. Until recently, only a modest percentage of those papers dealt with data science topics.
However, the visibility of data science has grown tremendously in the past decade, and many colleges and universities have created courses on data science. In response to this, JSE took on a new section on data science in 2019, handled by Nicholas Horton of Amherst College.
Around the same time, the ASA Section on Statistics Education was considering a name change to the ASA Section on Statistics and Data Science Education, which it recently adopted. Changing from the Journal of Statistics Education to the Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education allows the name of the journal to align with the recently renamed section and signals that it welcomes papers about the teaching of data science.
A special issue of the journal with the theme “Computing in the Statistics and Data Science Curriculum” is forthcoming. It comes a decade after Nolan and Temple Lang’s paper “Computing in the Statistics Curricula,” published in The American Statistician, and will include papers on teaching introductory data science, web scraping, and version control with Git.
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