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This is a session of Topic 2: Statistics education at the school level             Full topic list

(Monday 3rd, 10:30-12:30)

Training teachers for statistical education



One of the critical factors in developing statistical thinking and reasoning in school students is for them to be taught by teachers who possess a deep understanding of statistics. Many teachers who teach statistics at the school level, however, have had little opportunity themselves to handle and interpret data or to apply statistics in authentic inquiry-type tasks. Certainly if we are to move students away from isolated procedural knowledge in statistics towards an ability to interpret a complex and uncertain world, teachers must develop experience in the use of data and statistics towards this perspective.

This session will highlight innovative approaches that have been used in developing teachers’ statistical mindset and reasoning in statistics. Time will be given for discussion on this topic to tie together common themes that emerge from the papers presented in this session, and to look for ways to improve teacher education programs to include critical experiences for teachers who teach statistics.


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
2E2A post-calculus introduction to statistics for future secondary teachersAllan Rossman (United States)
Elsa Medina
Beth Chance
2E3Enhancing elementary preservice teachers’ conceptions of variation in a probability contextDaniel Canada (United States)
2E4Analyzing teacher resistance to teaching probability in compulsory educationPilar Azcárate (Spain)
Ana Serrado-Bayes (Spain)
Jose M Cardeñoso