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GAISE Report Discussion Patricia S. Wilson pwilson@coe.uga.edu University of Georgia JSM, Toronto, August 10, 2004

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The GAISE reports do an excellent job of paying attention to who needs to know statistics. Citizens Statistical literacy Statistical thinking People who apply statistics work-related Personal Statisticians Theoretical statisticians Teachers of statistics

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The GAISE reports pay attention to how people come to know statistics Develop skills in an orderly way Building on previous concepts Increasing complexity Develop conceptual understanding Variability Randomness Patterns and deviation Sampling Allow statistics to be relevant and valued Use real data Vary contexts

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The GAISE reports are concerned about the way statistics is taught Foster active learning Use technology effectively Use real data Use models, simulations, visual representations Provide good assessment

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GAISE reports indirectly provide a framework for preparing teachers of statistics n Teachers need to be prepared to: Foster active learning Use technology effectively Use real data Use models, simulations, visual representations Provide good assessment

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Suggestions for the GAISE report and the use of the report Be more specific about STATISTICS FOR TEACHING

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Statistics for Teaching Extremely good statistical knowledge base Knowledge of connections between statistical concepts Knowledge of applications of statistics Knowledge of students learning difficulties in statistics Knowledge of how to assess statistical understanding

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Who are teachers of Statistics ? Who will prepare them? Elementary school teachers Middle school teachers High school teachers Technical school teachers 2-year college teachers University teachers

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