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Empirical Research in Statistics Education

Andreas Eichler and Lucia Zapata-Cardona
Publisher: 
Springer Open
Publication Date: 
2016
Number of Pages: 
37
Format: 
Paperback
Series: 
ICME-13 Topical Surveys
Price: 
19.99
ISBN: 
9783319389677
Category: 
Monograph
[Reviewed by
Robert W. Hayden
, on
02/17/2017
]

The 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education took place in July of 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. The booklet under review was one of many prepared for participants at the meeting.

The advertised purpose of the booklets was to update readers on recent developments in mathematics education. The booklet at hand attempts to do this in 28 pages, and proceeds with ruthless efficiency. There is considerable reliance on (cited) past review articles, with the happy result that more recent work is described in some detail, and in language accessible to one outside the field.

Now that the Congress has adjourned, this booklet might best be used to give researchers an overview of the field. It could also be a gold mine for a graduate student looking for a topic for a dissertation as the authors make numerous references to gaps in past research. To aid in pursuing such research there are nine pages of references.


After a few years in industry, Robert W. Hayden (bob@statland.org) taught mathematics at colleges and universities for 32 years and statistics for 20 years. In 2005 he retired from full-time classroom work. He now teaches statistics online at statistics.com and does summer workshops for high school teachers of Advanced Placement Statistics. He contributed the chapter on evaluating introductory statistics textbooks to the MAA's Teaching Statistics.

See the table of contents in the publisher's webpage.

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