> > **REPORT ON AN INFORMAL MEETING OF AP STATISTICS TEACHERS > at > **THE NCTM NATIONAL CONVENTION, SAN DIEGO, 4/26/96
Thanks to Al Coons for this extremely valuable report!
> > Discussion: We felt that AP Statistics students need a certain mathematical > maturity and an ability to deal with quantitative concepts. However, success > in the course should not depend on a student's ability to work at the highest > levels of mathematics. There was some concern that students who were not at > the highest ability level would be overshadowed by the strongest students, > but I sensed that many teachers felt that this would not be a problem due to > the conceptual nature of the course. In fact, some teachers felt that > students who are reasonable good but not AP Calculus bound who enrolled in AP > Statistics might due very well because of their excitement about the material > and ability in group settings. >
My best statistics students in college have often been accounting majors rather than math. majors. If the course is really a STATISTICS course, and not a number crunching course, then the math. majors do not have that much of an edge, and students with other interests often find the content to be more obviously useful to them.
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