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New Zealand Statistical Association Newsletter 74
Statistics Education News
Congratulations to John Harraway on his election as President of the International Association of Statistical Education (IASE)!
IASE Roundtable 2012.
The International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) is organizing the 2012 Roundtable Conference on Technology in Statistics Education: Virtualities and Realities, which will be held July 2-6, 2012 in Cebu City, Philippines. See: http://icots.net/roundtable/.
ICME-12, July 8-15 2012, Seoul, Korea.
The 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education has two topic study groups organised by IASE, one on the Teaching and Learning of Statistics (TSG 12) and the other on probability (TSG 13). Deadline for paper proposals was 30th November 2011. For more information see: http://www.icme12.org/.
International Statistical Literacy Project Awards.
New Zealand schools were invited to participate in this competition, which was sponsored locally by the NZSA,
Waikato University and Auckland University. Sashi Sharma (Waikato University) was the organizer.
In the international competition New Zealand attained 3rd prize in the younger age division (age 12-15).
The poster was: “Can you predict the weather at midday by looking out your window in the morning?”
from Cashmere Primary School, Christchurch by students Megan Snell, Jack Boyd and Mitchell Sammut.
Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy 2011.
New Zealand was a joint winner: Statistics New Zealand and NAOS (the Network of Academics in Official Statistics)
for their project, “A post-graduate program in official statistics” (participants: Alan Lee, Andrew Sporle,
Sharleen Forbes, Richard Arnold, John Harraway, Jenny Brown, Natalie Jackson).
Inaugural Journal of Statistics Education Best Paper Award.
This award was given by the American Statistical Association to Maxine Pfannkuch, Matt Regan,
Chris Wild (Auckland University) and Nick Horton (Smith College, USA) for their 2010 paper
Telling Data Stories: Essential Dialogues for Comparative Reasoning. Available at:
Stats Chat Blog www.statschat.org.nz
This blog, the brainchild of Rachel Cunliffe and Julie Middleton, was launched this year by the Department of Statistics, Auckland University. Primary contributors to date are: Thomas Lumley, Rachel Cunliffe, Julie Middleton, Stephen Cope, David Scott, Andrew Balemi, and James Curran. The aim of the blog is to increase the statistical literacy of journalists and the general public. The blog will also be a very useful resource for teachers for delivering the statistical literacy strand of the curriculum. The latest blogs are about the election, the Rugby World Cup predictions, and Bayes’ Theorem in relation to court evidence. If you would like to become a regular contributor please contact Rachel Cunliffe, the coordinator of the blog at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project, sponsored by the Department of Statistics of The University of Auckland, Statistics New Zealand,
and the Ministry of Education, launched the 2011 school census (Rachel Cunliffe) on 2 May 2011.
To date over 27,700 students have participated. The project is directed by Chris Wild and aims to
give 10 to 18 year-old students the experience of participating in a census. See:
New SURF released.
Statistics NZ has released a set of datasets based on the NZ Income Survey. Each dataset contains about
11,000 records for six variables. Students can explore the features of the distributions and relationships.
These are close to the features in the original real dataset. This product should help meet the needs of
teachers and students, as they work on the Mathematics and Statistics area of the NZ Curriculum.
Statistics Education Research Project.
A collaborative two-year Year 13 and Stage One research project across Auckland University (Maxine Pfannkuch), Victoria University (Sharleen Forbes) and Otago University (John Harraway), involving a team of 33 people from around New Zealand, is now underway. The research is focused on developing inferential concepts via bootstrapping and randomization methods. The project is funded in part by the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (www.tlri.org.nz).
NZSA Conference, Auckland, 2011.
The conference this year had a statistics education strand with a plenary talk by Wayne Stewart, Auckland University. Wayne demonstrated his innovative teaching approaches using puppets, songs and audience participation, which captivate and engage his students when learning Bayesian inference.
Since the last newsletter, we have met four times: in May, June, September and November.
The new NCEA achievement standards for the curriculum’s Mathematics and Statistics area
Students at NCEA Level 1 (approximately Year 11) have sat the first exam that uses the new standards.
Level 2 follows next year, with steps into experimental design. Level 3 follows in 2013, with further
steps into experimental design, and the very refreshing steps into resampling methods for inference.
Freely available statistical software for schools.
Use of GenStat for Teaching and Learning (GTL) is progressing. By the end of August 2011,
11 schools in the South Island were using GTL, also the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and
the University of Otago. Trial requests have been received from 57 other New Zealand high schools as well as
Auckland, Massey and Lincoln Universities.
NZ Association of Maths Teachers conference: Dunedin: July 2011.
NZAMT’s 12th biennial conference included two statistical plenaries, from Helen MacGillivray
(Queensland University of Technology, and then President of IASE), and the committee’s Pip Arnold.
Among other things, Helen was keen for probability to be liberated from the trap of being used as
an exercise in algebra and arithmetic. Her plenary was titled “Realisation of the learning riches
in statistics”.NZSA provided financial support for her visit. Pip’s was on “What is the story? Being a
Statistics in the primary sector.
The MoE have commissioned a “consistency framework” to assist teachers in making overall teacher judgements (OTJs) for National Standards. This requires defining a number of “aspects” of maths and statistics. An “aspect” is a distinct area of mathematical thinking e.g. “Measurement” or “Multiplicative thinking”. It also requires defining the progressions or key junctures in students’ learning within the “aspects”. We would like this to follow the key ideas that are in here: http://www.nzmaths.co.nz/key-mathematical-ideas/.
John Harraway is now the President of the International Association for Statistical Education.
We are honoured to have him on our committee.