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Dan Fendel

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Statistics Call
Posted: Jun 25, 1997 3:58 PM
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I am a member of the Editorial Panel of the Mathematics Teacher, which is
NCTM's journal for high school mathematics teachers. We are planning an
issue for Fall 1999 that will focus on statistics, and members of this
group might be interested in writing for that issue. All articles are
subject to the usual review process.

The announcement below will appear in future issues of the journal. Thanks.

Dan Fendel

Call for Manuscripts: *Statistics*

Mathematics teachers are aware of a recent explosion of interest in
statistics and its role in the high school curriculum. In fall 1999, an
issue of the Mathematics Teacher will focus on statistics, and the
Editorial Panel is seeking manuscripts for this focus issue. The special
issue will examine many aspects of the subject of statistics, including
classroom practice and curriculum, applications, assessment and
evaluation, and professional development. Because many readers of the
Mathematics Teacher are practicing teachers, the Panel encourages
articles that describe actual classroom experiences or activities, as
well as those that explore some important statistical concepts.

Here are some sample topics that might be addressed in various

Classroom Practice and Curriculum
* What are the big stumbling blocks to students* understanding
* What ideas from statistics should every high school graduate understand
and be able to use?
* What is Advanced Placement statistics?
* What will be the impact of the Advanced Placement statistics
examination on curriculum?
* What is currently happening with regard to the teaching of statistics
at the elementary and middle school levels?
* What do colleges expect from high school graduates? What do they
provide to their own students?
* What is the appropriate role of technology in the teaching of
* Should statistics be a separate course in high school or part of an
integrated program?

* What do professional statisticians really do?
* How does the professional statistician blend theory with
* What are some interesting and motivating applications of statistics?
How can you use the World Wide Web to find them?
* How has the use of statistics in the media changed in recent years?

Assessment and Evaluation
* How do teachers actually use statistics? In assigning
grades? In making classroom decisions? In promoting their mathematics
* How are statistics used in the world of education to evaluate
programs and to make policy decisions?
* What is the role of statistics in large-scale standardized testing?

Professional Development
* How does the practicing classroom teacher get *up to speed* to teach
* What is the normal distribution? Standard deviation? Hypothesis testing?
The chi-square statistics? Bayesian statistics? How do you know which test
to use when?
* What resources are available to teachers?

Items for the *Media Clips* department for this issue are also sought.

Seven double-spaced copies of the completed manuscript should be
sent for review to the Mathematics Teacher, 1906 Association Drive,
Reston, VA 20191-1593, no later than 1 May 1998. Please state clearly that
the manuscript is being submitted for the 1999 focus issue on statistics.
No author identification should appear in the text of the manuscript.
Guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts can be obtained from the
senior journal editor at the Reston office.
If you have any information or ideas related to the focus topic
and would like to take them up with a member of the Editorial Panel before
preparing a manuscript, please jot them down in two or three sentences.
Send them by postcard or e-mail to Dot Doyle, North Carolina School for
Science and Mathematics, Box 2418, Durham, NC 27715, or Dan Fendel, Include your address, telephone number, and e-mail
address if available. Someone will contact you within a few weeks of
receiving your postcard or message.

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