Statistical Education Section - News

Please forward your latest statistical education news to the SSA Executive Officer (eo@statsoc.org.au) for inclusion in monthly newsletters and this site – whether it’s a related school, higher education, industry or broader community event, information or activity. Sharing this is key to broadening our community, capacity, general knowledge and potential collaborations and support.

ICME 2024 bid
The SSA, via the Statistical Education section, is part of a consortium, led by former AAMT CEO Will Morony and UTas Prof Kim Beswick and including presidents and key representatives from MERGA, AAMT, AMSI, forming Australia’s bid to host the International Congress on Mathematical Education 2024.

International Data Science Curriculum
Stemming from the successful STEMS2016 event, former SSA President Professor Nicholas Fisher has been coordinating an international consortium backed by SSA, NZSA, ASA, SSC, RSS, towards development of a senior school curriculum for Data Science. The SSA’s Statistical Education section is proudly supporting this initiative on the advisory group committee.

STA STEM Ambassador
Section Chair, A/Prof Peter Howley, has recently been named as one of 10 inaugural Science and Technology Australia’s STEM Ambassadors.

2017 news

December
Sustainability meets Statistics and STEM
In August a team of Prof Tim Roberts (Environmental sustainability), A/Prof Peter Howley (Statistics), Ms Latha Lewis (Engineer/Project Officer) and Korbinian Kraus (visiting German undergraduate student in Management of Renewable Energy) undertook a two-week road trip to Dubbo, Broken Hill, Griffith, Orange – visiting schools and running Professional Development teacher workshops at each location surrounding statistics, sustainability and STEM. This was funded by the Department of Education’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.

Pre- and post-visit/workshop surveys were conducted – all measures improved post intervention. Students’ feelings of awareness and interest in statistics increased, on average, by 60-99% (on 7-point Likert Scale); teachers’ confidence in connecting students with valuable practice, and their perceptions of student enthusiasm in projects surrounding statistics and sustainability increased, on average, by 30-50%.

October
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Special Issue on “Building future generations of statisticians” Statistical Education Research Journal (SERJ)
Guest Editors: Peter Howley, Ayse Aysin Bilgin and Reija Helenius with co-editor Manfred Borovcnik 


2016 news

August
The SSA submission regarding the Statistics component of the proposed Stage 6 Mathematics Syllabus (including Extensions 1 and 2) as developed by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), was submitted. Thank you to all who contributed to this discussion and final submission.

July
The Statistical Society of Australia is preparing a submission regarding the Statistics component of the proposed Stage 6 Mathematics Syllabus (including Extensions 1 and 2) as developed by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). The proposed syllabus can be located at:http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/mathematics-advanced.html

An initial SSA outline response is available here. We are requesting urgent assistance from any members who are able to assist in the construction of this document. This can be provided in two ways. Firstly, by sending through comments on either the proposed syllabus or the current draft directly to both Peter Howley (Peter.Howley@newcastle.edu.au) and Scott Sisson (Scott.Sisson@unsw.edu.au), or secondly by directly editing the response via Google docs (please contact Scott for access to the document).

The time frame for this is tight – the final response is due to be submitted by 31st August. Accordingly, please provide all comments by 5pm (AEST) on Monday 22nd August, so that they may be incorporated into the final version.

Many thanks in advance for your positive response to this important opportunity to influence the way statistics is taught in NSW Secondary Schools.

Peter Howley and Scott Sisson

June
STEMS2016 ‘Putting Statistics into STEM in the Age of Data’ was a huge success. The colloquium united primary, secondary, tertiary education, industry and national board and educational organisation representatives, and commenced a critically important national dialogue on how the discipline of Statistics will address the rise and impact of big data on all aspects of education, society and life – and how schools and universities may adapt to meet these challenges.  A report of this event was co-authored by Louise Ryan, Nicholas Fisher, Michael Martin and Peter Howley.


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