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EDUCATION
CAUSE Partners with AMATYC
A
partnership between the Consortium for the Advancement
of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) and the
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges
(AMATYC) was agreed upon by the AMATYC Executive Board
in July of 2008. CAUSE will provide a series of one-day traveling
workshops at AMATYC host institutions each year on best prac-
tices in statistics education. This joint endeavor makes work-
shops available with no registration fee.
The first of the traveling workshops, presented by Robert
delMas, was hosted at Everett Community College in Everett,
Washington, in October of 2008. A workshop led by Allan
Rossman and Beth Chance is scheduled at the Oklahoma City
Community College on July 10, 2009. Two-year college sta-
tistics instructors interested in attending the Oklahoma work-
shop should contact Chris Oehrlein at coehrlein@occc.edu.
USCOTS Breakout Sessions
The USCOTS 2009 breakout sessions will focus on the con-
ference theme of “Letting Go to Grow.” The goal is to get
teachers thinking about their existing statistics courses and
programs and “cleaning the closet.” That is, to look objectively
at the current situation; remove what they don’t use, what’s no
longer needed, and what’s out of date; rearrange
what’s left; and add fresh items for a new
look and feel to what they value.
The aim is to shake things
up by asking questions such as
the following:
Does this topic still belong
in our courses?
Why do we still teach this
concept this way?
How can we let go of
our preconceived notions
and rely more on research?
How do we move beyond the first course
to the statistics minor and major?
And at a session not to be missed, George Cobb will ask a
provocative question: Why not let go of the t-test and teach Joan Garfield and colleagues from the CAUSE Research
inference using the power of permutation procedures? Advisory Board and NSF-supported research cluster groups
Other breakout session leaders include Roxy Peck, who will have organized three breakout sessions that focus on the impli-
recommend getting back to the basics; Amy Froelich, who will cations of statistics education research for helping the statistics
show ways to integrate (not add) technology that is helpful for teacher let go to grow. Chris Wild will argue for pedagogy of
both teaching and practicing (not just one or the other); and informal inference, and Peter Westfall will challenge listeners
Michele Everson, who will examine letting go of the face-to- to move toward decision analysis that best benefits science,
face classroom to be ready for the online generation. business, and public policy. ■
FEBRUARY 2009 AMSTAT NEWS 37
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