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John Burnette

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Re: Who Takes AP Stats?
Posted: Mar 3, 1997 12:24 AM
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>This is really more related to the comments that Pat Ballew and
>Jenny Kotlerman made in the 'Is AP Stat a 'soft' AP?' thread, concerning
>the comparison between the college stat students they observed this
>past year and the high school AP Stat students they currently teach.
>In my experience, most of the students in a college intro course are
>majoring in a field related either to business or to health careers.
>They initially sign up for little other reason than "they gotta," and
>without them, the course wouldn't even 'make' or be offered. (I try to
>make their experience as much of a pleasant surprise as possible.)
>The question, open to all: What do you find mainly motivated your students
>to sign up for AP Stats? Does it tend to be more for the honors credit/
>college credit, or did a significant percent see statistics either as
>something important to delve into or as part of their long-term educational
>goals (do many of yours have such goals yet?), or were there other reasons?

1) They "gotta" - it was the only non-calculus offering in the math
department for seniors.

2) For the "AP" label. If it is indeed true that college admissions
officers are not going to give the course respect - my school will no doubt
drop it quickly in favor of a "non AP" offering of Calculus.

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