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IASE News September 2011 - ICME Study Group

 

12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12) TSG12

July 8-15, 2012, Coex, Seoul, Korea: http://www.icme12.org/

 

IASE Announcement of ICME-12 Topic Study Group 12 (TSG12)

Teaching and Learning of Statistics

Call for Papers

Being able to provide sound evidence-based arguments and critically evaluate data-based claims are important skills that all citizens should have. It is not surprising therefore that statistics instruction at all educational levels is gaining more students and drawing more attention than it has in the past. The study of statistics provides students with tools, ideas and dispositions to use in order to react intelligently to information in the world around them. Reflecting this need to improve students’ ability to think statistically, statistical literacy and reasoning are becoming part of the mainstream school and university curriculum in many countries.

 

As a consequence, statistics education is a growing and exciting field of research and development. Statistics at school level is usually taught in the mathematics classroom in connection with learning probability. Our topic includes probabilistic aspects in learning statistics, whereas research with a specific focus on learning probability is being discussed in TSG11 of ICME-12.

 

Within this broad domain and across educational levels, TSG12 welcomes presentations on the following topics:

 

  1. Students’ reasoning about key statistical concepts, such as data, distribution, variability, comparing distributions, sample and sampling, and covariation;

  2. Students’ making statistical inferences (from informal inference to more formal inference, role of context, randomness, models and probability in the inferential process, etc.);

  3. Statistical literacy (its role in the curriculum, the challenges in preparing teachers to teach with statistical literacy as a goal);

  4. Role of technology in teaching and learning statistics (including software packages, simulations, Internet, online teaching, etc.);

  5. Preparing teachers to teach statistics;

  6. Teaching statistics, with particular attention to research on how to structure learning sequences that enable students to develop over time a deep conceptual understanding;
  7. Building a common research basis that will enable the field of statistics education to move forward, in particular innovative ways to connect data and chance.

 

The purpose of TSG12 is to provide a forum for presentations of high-quality studies and discussions on the current state-of-the-art in these themes seen from an international perspective as well as perspectives of different countries and cultures. During the conference, TSG12 will convene for four one-and-a-half hour time slots.

 

How to Contribute

Participants who would like to present their research in TSG12 are requested to submit proposals in English of up to 1,200 words to Dani Ben-Zvi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Jean-Claude Oriol (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by November 1st, 2011. The proposal should include a title, author(s’) name(s), e-mail, institution and country, abstract (200 words), introduction, brief literature review, methodology, key results, and references. The proposals will be peer-reviewed, and if your proposal is accepted, you will be invited to prepare a paper of no more than 8 pages (including references and appendices) using the ICME-12 template (see http://www.icme12.org). The final accepted papers should be submitted on the TSG12 website (http://icme12.org/TSG12.brd?shell=none) no later than April 10th, 2012.

The final program of TSG12 will be decided by the Organising Team. We plan to include invited talks, selected oral presentations, posters and rigorous discussions around key issues in the study of statistics education.

 

Deadlines

November 1, 2011: Proposal submission

January 15, 2012: Notification of acceptance

April 10, 2012: Submission of final manuscript

 

TSG12 Organising Team

Co-Chairs:

Dani Ben-Zvi (Israel)

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Jean-Claude Oriol (France)

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Team Members:

Jangsun Baek (Korea)

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Arthur Bakker (The Netherlands)

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Lisbeth Cordani (Brazil)

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Katie Makar (Australia)

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Liaison IPC Member:

Gail Burrill

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TSG12 Website: http://icme12.org/TSG12.brd?shell=none

 

On this Website, TSG12 participants will be able to submit their papers and presentations, follow the planning process, and eventually access all relevant documents including papers, presentations and the time table for TSG12 sessions.