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.
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 areas:
Classroom Practice and Curriculum * What are the big stumbling blocks to students* understanding statistics? * 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 statistics? * Should statistics be a separate course in high school or part of an integrated program?
Applications * What do professional statisticians really do? * How does the professional statistician blend theory with practice? * 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 program? * 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 statistics? * 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.