A Statistics CarolA Ghost Story of Statistics Education
The grumpy oldstatistics teacher
A Visit from the Ghost ofStatistics Education Past
ASA: Fred MostellerChervaney, N., Collier, R., Fienberg, S.,Johnson, P & Neter, J. (1977). A framework            .,for th...
But Where could Someone Study     Statistics Education?No graduate programsNo graduate coursesSome articles here and there...
The First Ph.D. Thesis (?)Mike ShaughnessyMichigan State UniversityDepartment of Mathematics                              ...
The Second Ph.D. Thesis (?)Joan GarfieldUniversity of MinnesotaEducational Psychology                                 7
A Seminar on Difficulties       Learning StatisticsAndrew Chick Ahlgren and Joan Garfieldassembled faculty from 11 differe...
Two More Dissertations     Completed      Cliff Konold      University of Massachusettes,      Amherst    Robert delMas   ...
Trying to Make ConnectionsNo conferences (except ICOTS 1) or journalsfor publishing statistics education researchNetworks ...
How was Statistics being Taught?Little research and no connectionsfrom research to teaching practice                 +    ...
But Things Began to ChangeMore interest by ASA, MAA, NCTMThe Quantitative Literacy ProjectJournal of Statistics EducationI...
The First Graduate Program inStatistics Education is Established The Quantitative Methods in Education track in Educationa...
A Visit from the Ghost ofStatistics Education Present
The first stat ed course is taughtBecoming a Teacher of StatisticsFall 2002
Things Keep ImprovingTwo new statistics education journals  SERJ  TISECAUSE is launchedUSCOTS is launchedIASE activities a...
The Statistics Education Graduate         Program Grows Number of faculty has quadrupled Students apply, graduate and get ...
Students and Degrees17 admitted students (15 enrolled)  2 M.A.  15 Ph.D.5 Degrees awarded  1 M.A.  4 Ph.D.3 statistics edu...
Graduation 2012                  19
CoursesBecoming a Teacher of Statistics course  Taught 9 times (5 classroom/4 online)–93 students  across the university a...
Invited SpeakersDani Ben-Zvi         Robert Gould      Tamara MooreMichael Bulmer       Bill Harkness     Dennis PearlBeth...
It has been a Productive 10 Years... 24 grants (internal and national) totaling $3,766,346 40 journal articles 16 book cha...
...Even for Our Students7 published journal articles or book chaptersthat graduate students have co-authored27 conference ...
...Really Productive.                        25
We are an Award Winning          Program...1 national award for the statistics educationprogram (AP A)6 national faculty a...
...that Believes in Professional              Service10 elected or appointed positions held instatistics education (6 curr...
And our Mission is to PromoteChange to Improve the Teaching  and Learning of Statistics                  "Never doubt that...
The Present is Pretty GoodBetter connections between research andpracticeMany new ideas and curriculaContinued emphasis on...
A Visit from the Ghost ofStatistics Education Yet to Come
The Future is Even More           PromisingGraduates of statistics education researchprograms going off into the worldNew ...
Message to the Grumpy Statistics            TeacherOpen your eyes, its an exciting timeNew prestige for statisticsExciting...
The grumpy statistics teacher  was grumpy no more, but taughtwith renewed vigor,  using research- based classroom  and ass...
And this Optimistic View of the Future is Possible Because...All of you contributed to it!After 10 years of having the onl...
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A Statistics Carol: A Ghost Story of Statistics Education

  1. 1. A Statistics CarolA Ghost Story of Statistics Education
  2. 2. The grumpy oldstatistics teacher
  3. 3. A Visit from the Ghost ofStatistics Education Past
  4. 4. ASA: Fred MostellerChervaney, N., Collier, R., Fienberg, S.,Johnson, P & Neter, J. (1977). A framework .,for the development of measurementinstruments for evaluating the introductorystatistics course. The American Statistician,31, 17–23.Plans for first NCTM Yearbook on teachingstatisticsInterest in the UK Center for Statistics Education Teaching Statistics (Journal) 4
  5. 5. But Where could Someone Study Statistics Education?No graduate programsNo graduate coursesSome articles here and there, acrossjournals, disciplines and libraries 5
  6. 6. The First Ph.D. Thesis (?)Mike ShaughnessyMichigan State UniversityDepartment of Mathematics 6
  7. 7. The Second Ph.D. Thesis (?)Joan GarfieldUniversity of MinnesotaEducational Psychology 7
  8. 8. A Seminar on Difficulties Learning StatisticsAndrew Chick Ahlgren and Joan Garfieldassembled faculty from 11 differentdepartments Anthropology Applied Statistics Biostatistics Business Curriculum and Instruction Educational Psychology General College Mathematics Education Psychology Sociology Theoretical Statistics 8
  9. 9. Two More Dissertations Completed Cliff Konold University of Massachusettes, Amherst Robert delMas University of Minnesota 9
  10. 10. Trying to Make ConnectionsNo conferences (except ICOTS 1) or journalsfor publishing statistics education researchNetworks The Probability Ghetto (at mathematics education conferences International Study Group for Learning Probability and Statistics 10
  11. 11. How was Statistics being Taught?Little research and no connectionsfrom research to teaching practice + Mostly without technology + Mostly calculations + A lot of probability Unhappy statistics students 11
  12. 12. But Things Began to ChangeMore interest by ASA, MAA, NCTMThe Quantitative Literacy ProjectJournal of Statistics EducationIASE is created and growsFunding by NSF Creation of innovative new courses Influential calls for reform in the teaching of statistics (George Cobb, David Moore) 12
  13. 13. The First Graduate Program inStatistics Education is Established The Quantitative Methods in Education track in Educational Psychology approves a new area of concentration and three new graduate courses in statistics education Mailings sent out to recruit students for the program and about the first course offering One student applies and is accepted. 13
  14. 14. A Visit from the Ghost ofStatistics Education Present
  15. 15. The first stat ed course is taughtBecoming a Teacher of StatisticsFall 2002
  16. 16. Things Keep ImprovingTwo new statistics education journals SERJ TISECAUSE is launchedUSCOTS is launchedIASE activities and ICOTS grows 16
  17. 17. The Statistics Education Graduate Program Grows Number of faculty has quadrupled Students apply, graduate and get jobs Grants are awarded Many publications, presentations, workshops 17
  18. 18. Students and Degrees17 admitted students (15 enrolled) 2 M.A. 15 Ph.D.5 Degrees awarded 1 M.A. 4 Ph.D.3 statistics education minors awarded tostudents outside of the department 18
  19. 19. Graduation 2012 19
  20. 20. CoursesBecoming a Teacher of Statistics course Taught 9 times (5 classroom/4 online)–93 students across the university and United StatesStatistics Education Research Seminar Taught 6 times (classroom)–39 students 2 published journal articlesStatistics Teaching Internship Taken by 10 students 21
  21. 21. Invited SpeakersDani Ben-Zvi Robert Gould Tamara MooreMichael Bulmer Bill Harkness Dennis PearlBeth Chance Nicholas Horton Michael RodriguezGeorge Cobb Daniel Kaplan Allan RossmanRobert delMas Cliff Konold Daniel SchwartzBill Finzer Julie Legler Laurie SnellChristine Franklin Richard Lesh Chris WildAmy Froehlich Robin LockIddo Gal Xiao-Li Meng 22
  22. 22. It has been a Productive 10 Years... 24 grants (internal and national) totaling $3,766,346 40 journal articles 16 book chapters 4 books 106 conference presentations/posters 22 workshops 46 invited webinars/seminars/professional talks 23
  23. 23. ...Even for Our Students7 published journal articles or book chaptersthat graduate students have co-authored27 conference presentations/posters co-presented2 workshops co-presented8 invited webinars/seminars/professionaltalks co-presented 24
  24. 24. ...Really Productive. 25
  25. 25. We are an Award Winning Program...1 national award for the statistics educationprogram (AP A)6 national faculty awards4 graduate student teaching awards 26
  26. 26. ...that Believes in Professional Service10 elected or appointed positions held instatistics education (6 currently)7 associate editor positions (on StatisticsEducation journals)3 current editor/co-editor positions (onStatistics Education journals)8 assessment instruments developed for useby the statistics education community 27
  27. 27. And our Mission is to PromoteChange to Improve the Teaching and Learning of Statistics "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, its the only thing that ever has. " - Margaret Mead 28
  28. 28. The Present is Pretty GoodBetter connections between research andpracticeMany new ideas and curriculaContinued emphasis on improved pedagogyASA endorsed Guidelines for GraduatePrograms in Statistics Education (2009)Better assessments to evaluate studentlearning 29
  29. 29. A Visit from the Ghost ofStatistics Education Yet to Come
  30. 30. The Future is Even More PromisingGraduates of statistics education researchprograms going off into the worldNew graduate programs and courses beingdesigned and launchedMore conferences devoted to better teaching ofstatistics USCOTS (Making Change Happen) eCOTSNational survey on statistics teaching (e-ATLASProject) 31
  31. 31. Message to the Grumpy Statistics TeacherOpen your eyes, its an exciting timeNew prestige for statisticsExciting new dataMany great resourcesA thriving statistics education communityThere is NO EXCUSE for not taking theteaching of statistics seriously and strivingto be an excellent teacher 32
  32. 32. The grumpy statistics teacher was grumpy no more, but taughtwith renewed vigor, using research- based classroom and assessment practices.
  33. 33. And this Optimistic View of the Future is Possible Because...All of you contributed to it!After 10 years of having the only graduateprogram in statistics education we areexcited to see other programs getting readyto admit students. Thank you! 34

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