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KINGB@WCSUB.CTSTATEU.EDU

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still more on books 'n stuff
Posted: Feb 10, 1996 1:09 PM
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Tim Brown also said that "no single text does an adequate job of covering
what is on the AP syllabus, so we all need to use as many resources as we
can get our hands on. I am especially interested in the books with good
data sets and projects, which I have found hard to come by."

And I think he's right about that. I often find that, the first time
through a course, my best strategy is to get a good book and let it guide
me (and my students) through the course. (That's how I first used Moore
& McCabe, which I found to be a superb tour guide. But we could only do
about half the book...) After I've done the course a few times, I begin
to get some ideas of my own and, sometimes, I get brave enough to do the
course with no specific textbook--just mixing and matching good stuff
from many sources.

I think that would be a great way to meld Scheaffer's _Activity Based
Statistics_, the Quantitative Literacy materials, Allan Rossman's
_Workshop Statistics_, and the NCTM's _From Home Runs to Housing Costs:
Data Resource for Teaching Statistics_, which I forgot to mention in my
previous post. (This was edited by Gail Burrill, and also is available
from Dale Seymour.)

BTW, for good information on projects, take a look at the NCTM's booklet
_Data Analysis and Statistics Across the Curriculum_, which has an entire
10-page chapter on student projects, and a list of 35 sample project
titles at the end.

You know, the only complaint I have about this business is that you high
school teachers are going to have most of the fun. Most of us at the
college level can only carry out a poor approximation in about 40
meetings of what you'll be doing in about 140 days, from the beginning of
the year to the AP exam. Some guys have all the luck...

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Bruce King
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
(kingb@wcsub.ctstateu.edu)









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