| Introducing Concepts of Statistical Inference,
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., presented by Allan Rossman
and Beth Chance, California Polytechnic University-San Luis
Obispo; George Cobb, Mount Holyoke College; and John Holcomb,
Cleveland State University. We present ideas and activities for helping
students to learn fundamental concepts of statistical inference. These
ideas and activities are centered around a randomization-based curriculum
rather than normal-based inference; they rely heavily on simulations,
both tactile and computer-based. Our goals with this curriculum are
to develop students' understanding of the process of statistical investigations
and of key concepts of inference, rather more covering a litany of
specific methods based on normal approximations. We propose that this
approach leads to deeper conceptual understanding, makes a clear connection
between study design and scope of conclusions, and provides a powerful
and generalizable analysis framework. This hands-on workshop will
feature participants working directly with student activities, which
they can then implement in their own classrooms. We will also discuss
ideas for assessing student understanding and invite participants
to contribute to an ongoing assessment/evaluation project. The intended
audience for this workshop is teachers of introductory statistics
in colleges (including two-year colleges) and high schools.
For registration and additional details go to http://www.causeweb.org/workshop/inference_jmm08/.
Participants will be notified of the exact meeting room in the
San Diego Convention Center. There is no registration fee for this
workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited to 30. This
workshop is sponsored by MAA Special Interest Group on Statistics
Education and the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate
Statistics Education (CAUSE).
Building (UP) an Undergraduate Statistics Program, Saturday,
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., presented by Julie Legler, St. Olaf
College, and Robin Lock, St. Lawrence University. Many colleges
and universities are recognizing that this is an opportune time
to establish or invigorate an Undergraduate Statistics Program or
USP (i.e., programs that offer majors in statistics as well as those
offering statistics minors, concentrations or tracks within other
majors). Is this a good time for your department to strengthen its
statistics program? This workshop will explore this question and
provide some useful information with respect to enhancing your USP.
The Workshop takes a two pronged approach to USP planning. First,
participants will use resources to assess the potential and to facilitate
planning for a USP at their institution. The resources will include
ASA Undergraduate Statistics Education Initiative (USEI) which provides
valuable, thoughtful guidance for institutions creating or developing
USPs. In addition to examining the USEI guidelines, the workshop
will include sharing the experience of a number of successful undergraduate
statistics programs, identifying issues your department may face,
discussing and proposing solutions, and constructing a plan for
your own department. This workshop will address issues related to
curriculum and course development, especially beyond the introductory
level, as well as some of the many practical, administrative issues
institutions face when considering initiating or enhancing a USP.
The intended audience for this workshop is faculty and chairs/representatives
of mathematics departments looking to establish or invigorate an
undergraduate statistics program.
For registration and additional details go to http://www.causeweb.org/workshop/statsprog_jmm08/.
Participants will be notified of the exact meeting room in the San
Diego Convention Center. There is no registration fee for this workshop.
Enrollment is limited to 30. Lunch will be provided. This workshop
is sponsored by MAA Special Interest Group on Statistics Education
and the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics