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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Statistics

Christine Franklin Colloquium

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 2:45pm

Statistics Department Colloquium

Where: LeConte College, Room 210

Speaker: Christine Franklin

Affiliation: University of Georgia, Department of Statistics

Title: Show Me the Data on K-12 Statistics Teacher Development

In 2015, the American Statistical Association (ASA) published the Statistical Education of Teachers (SET) Report. The report, aimed at teacher educators, lays out specific content that teachers of different grade levels should know while relying heavily on the framework of the ASA Pre K-12 GAISE document. The statistical investigative process in GAISE can be viewed as the model teachers need to adapt for successful statistical instruction so as to enable students to understand the importance of showing and collecting data to answer statistical questions. For teachers to gain fluency with this model, the authors of SET propose using the eight Mathematical Practices (MP’s) under a statistical lens described in the SET report. The MP’s have been described as “processes math educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students”. In the SET report, these eight MP’s as described in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics are interpreted in ways that are relevant to the content domain of statistics and statistical thinking. The MP’s through a statistical lens provide teachers and students the tools to develop the statistical habits of mind necessary to practice statistical reasoning. If we want to infuse data science ideas in K-12 education, teachers need to have a deep understanding of how people generate data every day, how data can be accessed and used to answer statistical questions. In this seminar, we will learn more about the MP’s and discuss how the MP’s through a statistical lens provide a roadmap to achieve the infusion of statistical reasoning and data science ideas into K-12.

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