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1 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 The Journal Teaching Statistics Neville Davies The Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education Nottingham Trent University, UK Gerald Goodall The Royal Statistical Society 12, Errol Street, London, UK Centre for Statistical Education With help from Peter Holmes, David Green and Neville Hunt

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3 Plan History The Editors & experiences Articles submitted Publishers & Journal Development The Future

4 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 In the Beginning … Sheffield, England 1977 Vic Barnett Joe Gani Peter Holmes

5 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Teaching Statistics Trust Set up to publish Teaching Statistics – but with broader aims to improve statistical education for all ages sponsored by … Applied Probability Trust Royal Statistical Society Institute of Statisticians International Statistical Institute

6 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Teaching Statistics Three issues per year For teachers of students aged 9-19 Both specialist and user-disciplines Emphasis on teaching and the classroom Inform, entertain, encourage and enlighten Light and readable International perspective

7 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Getting it going Run on a shoestring 1 st issue was distributed freely –this used up much of the borrowed capital Designed for an international audience –Even in 1 st issue there were many international authors

8 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 The four editorial eras … Peter Holmes David Green Neville Hunt Gerald Goodall

9 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug Peter Holmes Setting the standard Establishing readership Panel of referees Venture of faith

10 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Early days... first received - David Hill 20/3/78 timeless - The Pie Chart: a Piece of Cake prolific author - A.F.Bissell Articles some commissioned initially

11 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Early design - 32 pages of size 17.5cm by 24.5 cm

12 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Early days … Editorials “Many new developments are based on hunch rather than research. There is not as well developed a theory and body of literature on statistical education as there is in mathematical education. Courses for teachers concentrate on the content rather than the process.” PH (1979)

13 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Early days... Letters “I am sure Mrs Dolan’s pupils enjoy statistics … Nevertheless … it is most important that all technical terms should be used correctly. Unfortunately this account of some of the work done by her pupils involves a number of serious errors.”

14 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Profits given to the ISI as base funding for ICOTS2 held in Victoria, Canada, Published Proceedings of ICOTS1, 1982

15 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Peter Holmes’ high and low points Major high –putting together the first issue & getting it published Low - unable to persuade teachers of need: (i) to write up their experiences with lower age pupils; (ii) to write up their different insights into teaching statistics in subjects outside mathematics

16 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug David Green IASE pullout feature In-house publication Computing Corner Curriculum Matters Data Bank Historical Perspective Practical Activities Problem Page Project Parade Research Report Complete re-design Special Sections Longmans venture

17 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Longman’s innovation – 32, A4-sized pages and an insert from what became the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), it contained many more photographs and illustrations

18 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 David Green’s high points As Editor of Teaching Statistics at its Best 1994 –He chose the 48 best articles from TS for vols Communicating with colleagues from all round the world and meeting many of them at ICOTS3 in Dunedin in 1990

19 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Following-up commissioned articles –Very often they turned out to be of a poor standard for publishing a lot of extra work was required as editor, since rejection was hardly an option! The dearth of feedback from readers –When solicited it was very positive but it came very rarely spontaneously, which makes judging the impact (of the journal) on teachers and students hard David Green’s low points

20 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug Neville Hunt Golden Jubilee Issue New special sections Standard Errors Net Benefits Competition Page Separation of roles

21 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Neville Hunt’s Experiences Articles –Too many at too high a level, almost never too low! –Did not get one article that involved the teacher using a data set in an illuminating way Readers – Corpse-like passivity! –Major competitions that only attracted about 4 entries –Special offer of a disk of data - nil response –We asked for people to tell us what they thought of the journal - nil response –The lack of feedback was somewhat unnerving! Referees –Variation in promptness of reply –Often saw value in a paper that at first sight deserved rejection: indicates the broad church of Teaching Statistics

22 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug Gerald Goodall Spreadsheets World Wide Web Mentoring

23 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Redesigned cover under Blackwell the publishers

24 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Gerald Goodall’s Highlights Development of the contract with Blackwell Publishing –excellent working relationship Very little feedback about the journal –But what there is usually very positive

25 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Numbers of Articles

26 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Years of New Editors

27 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 The ICOTS Years

28 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Articles accepted/rejected

29 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 Publications – Three Compilations of Articles The Best of Teaching Statistics has the best articles from volumes 1 – 5, –now out of print, but articles are available online at Teaching Statistics at its Best has articles from volumes 6 to 14, Getting the Best from Teaching Statistics has articles from volumes 15 – 20, –only available online at free of chargewww.rsscse.org.uk/ts/ Since 2000 all the articles are viewable by subscribers via Blackwell’s Synergy online service

30 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 A The Best series…the first 5 years and years 6-11

31 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 The current publishers - Blackwell Blackwell Publishing is the world's leading specialist publisher of statistics journals Annual report to Teaching Statistics Trust –Readership, circulation, sales, marketing activity –Conferences, new marketing campaigns, promotions Working with search engines –Full text content indexed by Google in 2003 –Increase in online usage E-proofing introduced, so authors can pick up page proofs from a dedicated web site Blackwell recently awarded, jointly with the Teaching Statistics Trust, a bursary for a UK teacher to present a paper at ICOTS7 in Brazil

32 JSM Minneapolis, 8 Aug 2005 The Future The Teaching Statistics Trust occasionally debates broadening the readership beyond teachers of students –Resisted, as school-level material would be in danger of being crowded out –TS is still the only international journal that concentrates on school-level statistics material Not designed for research papers in the traditional academic journal way –Will continue to be about good ideas, things that have been tried and have worked in the classroom About sharing good practice worldwide

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