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Topic: Introduction from Australia
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Joe H Ward

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Introduction from Australia
Posted: May 24, 1996 9:28 AM
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Rex --
Sorry for the long delay in responding to your message. I'm
busily involved in "promoting" AP-Statistics in the San Antonio area.

Your input might be of interest to the apstat-l list.
I assume that by now you have obtained a copy of the AP-Statistics course
preliminary announcement. It is available from ETS. Send email message

"Jim Armstrong (ETS)" <>

-- Joe
* Joe Ward 167 East Arrowhead Dr. *
* Health Careers High School San Antonio, TX 78228-2402 *
* Univ. of Texas at San Antonio Phone: 210-433-6575 *
* *

On Tue, 19 Dec 1995, Rex Boggs wrote:

> Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 03:04:15 -0500
> From: Rex Boggs <>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Subject: Introduction from Australia
> G'day
> My name is Rex Boggs. I am the Head of the Mathematics Department at
> Glenmore High School in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. I have been
> lurking on this list for some time now, and thought I should introduce myself.
> I am a displaced American who came out to Australia 24 years ago, just after
> graduating from the University of Wyoming. I rather like the place, so I
> stayed and stayed, and, well, here I still am.
> Some of you may be interested in how statistics is taught in Queensland high
> schools. Here is a very brief summary:
> In Australia we have a spiralling curriculum, so statistics is taught in
> each year level. In the junior school (years 8 to 10), we introduce simple
> statistics - gathering data, and organising data into frequency tables,
> histograms, etc. We teach displaying data - bar, picture, pie graphs, etc.
> We do some simple summarising of data - mean, median, mode, range, maybe
> standard deviation. Students learn some probability - up to multiplication
> principle and tree diagrams.
> Most senior students (years 11 and 12) will learn about box-and-whisker
> plots, stem-and-leaf plots, and the uniform and binomial probability
> distributions. They also learn about sampling, and hypothesis testing on
> discrete data using the binomial distribution. The emphasis is on
> understanding and applying statistics in real-world situations, and not just
> doing the calculations.
> Students doing the more academic streams in senior maths also study the
> normal distribution. They learn about hypothesis testing, first using the
> sign test, and then on continuous data using z scores.
> These students also have an optional topic on further hypothesis testing,
> confidence intervals, and the Poisson and t-distributions.
> These topics are part of the new syllabuses in the senior school. We as
> teachers are struggling with some of this content, especially the hypothesis
> testing. I will be interested to find out the content of the AP-Stats course,
> Cheers
> Rex
> Rex Boggs | Visit SMAD
> |
> | The Secondary Mathematics Assessment Database
> Glenmore High School |
> Rockhampton, Queensland |
> Australia |

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