Because statistics educators often lack pedagogical knowledge for statistics education, are often isolated in their workplace, and are in increased demand, teacher support communities are becoming more and more important. In our paper and presentation, Lynette and I discussed the needs for such support communities, what teachers do in these communities, and the types of communities: institution-level communities, cross-institutional, national communities in the U.S., and international communities. Finally, we gave our advice on how to structure a community so that it will be successful and best support statistics teachers.
[Want to know more? You can read more details in our paper and presentation linked below.]
|The best session at ICOTS 10: Session C2A|
Leigh Harrell-Williams (University of Memphis) – Using the SETS level A items to classify pre-service teachers' self-efficacy to teach statistics: an application of the Mixture Rasch Model
Jason Mark Dolor (Portland State University) – Post-secondary teachers’ understanding of p-value
Leigh brought up the fact that I didn't mention my blog anywhere in our talk. I hadn't thought of this blog as a community, but she does have a point about blogging being a way to connect with other educators. You're right, Leigh. I guess we'll have to include this idea in the future.
|Giving ICOTS 10 a thumbs up|
Building Support Communities for Statistics Educators (paper)
Building Support Communities for Statistics Educators (PPT)
(Top photo of Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan. ICOTS session photos courtesy of Liza Bolton and Alejandra Sorto. Graphic courtesy of Math for America.)