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Post-Calculus Investigations of Statistical Concepts and Methods


Allan Rossman, Beth Chance
July 18-22, 2005
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA

Co-sponsored by Duxbury-Brooks/Cole, a part of Thomson Higher Education

With support from the American Statistical Association

This workshop is intended for college faculty who teach introductory statistics courses for mathematically inclined students. The goals of the workshop are to help participants adapt current content and pedagogical recommendations from algebra-based introductory statistics courses to the post-calculus level, providing mathematically inclined students with a more balanced introduction to the discipline of statistics. These adaptations may involve development of a new course or infusion of data and activities into existing courses.

This workshop seeks to generate productive thought and discussion about the appropriate goals, content, and pedagogy of the first course for mathematically inclined students; offers helpful guidance for implementing activities and data assessing student learning, and using technology effectively; and build a supportive network of teachers of such courses from statistics and mathematics departments. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the preliminary edition of Investigating Statistical Concepts, Applications, and Methods, an investigation-based text written by the presenters, as well as an extensive binder containing articles, additional activities, course materials, and assessment items.

Most workshop sessions will consist of participants working through activities selected to illustrate the guiding principles behind the development of the course materials. Many activities will involve the use of technology such as statistical analysis software and applets designed specifically to enhance student learning. Presenters will also offer implementation and assessment suggestions during these activity-based sessions. Some workshop sessions will be devoted to small-group discussions of course goals for various student audiences and of implementation and assessment issues. For more information, please visit the workshop webpage at

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