I have been following the recent discussions about materials and textbooks for the AP Stat course. I'm in the process of designing a syllabus to pilot the course next year. If I had to select a textbook immediately, it would probably be Statistics by Freedman,Pisani,Purves & Adhikari. The flavor of the text deemphasizes manipulation (supplementing manipulation should be easy) and emphasizes statistical issues. I also have used (in previous courses) the video series Decisions Through Data (the mini-version of Against All Odds) from COMAP and the Data Analysis chapters from Janson's Precalculus with Data Analysis written by the NCSSM folks. I also have lots of useful programs I have used to illustrate statistical notions on the TI-82 (Frequency distributions, Stem-and-Leaf Plots, Piecharts, Binomial and Normal Distributions , Sampling Distribution of the Mean, Confidence Intervals). I have been using Quattro Pro for large data sets and for producing fancier displays that the TI-82 doesn't produce (transferring data from the TI-82 to Quattro has been no problem). I'm very excited about the AP Stat course and look forward to our discussions.
Note to Jim: I spent two years in Uganda ('71-'72) and three years in Kenya ('75-'78)
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