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Peter Blaskiewicz

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Re: Who Takes AP Stats?
Posted: Mar 4, 1997 7:28 PM
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> I was in no way trying to put down college statistics teachers.

I didn't take it that way at all! You and Pat got me to wondering,
though, just what methods were being used in the college courses
that you observed. Were they using a traditional "calculate it
all by hand" text with a good fourth of the course devoted to
probability rules? Or, even with a more up-to-date text, was the
teacher a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist?

One very envious advantage that the AP course would have over any
college course is the number of contact hours and the soak time!
That makes a tremendous difference in what *can* be covered. I
relish the opportunities I have in the high school courses I teach
to explore interesting problems and to chase rabbits. With the
constraints of a college semester schedule, I have to stick to
a strictly defined syllabus that allows just enough time to cover
the essentials. Using, for example, the guided discovery method in
such a setting and with my unperfected ability to keep it under
control could easily get a college class disastrously behind. The
high school setting is a bit more forgiving in allowing me to
learn teaching techniques while the students learn the subject.


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