Peter Holmes and C Oswald George prize winners announced

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  • Author: Amy Arnold, Statistics Views
  • Date: 14 February 2017
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The 2016 Peter Holmes Prize has been awarded to Sarah Bebermeier and Katharina Reiss for their article entitled ‘’Practicing Statistics by Creating Exercises for Fellow Students’’, published in Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 40–44.

The aim of this prize is to highlight excellence in motivating practical classroom activity. When Peter established Teaching Statistics, the core goal was to enable teachers to share best practice. Sarah and Katharina's article reports on a core active learning principle often espoused but less often authentically implemented in teaching statistics, namely, a developmental process of student group creation of assessment questions, incorporating peer feedback, full and constructive instructor feedback, student revision and presentation, further peer and instructor feedback and for the compilation into a class portfolio.

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The full process was developed for a first year psychology class, but the selected topic of descriptive statistics makes this article accessible for teaching at school level. Although developed for a psychology class, the authors’ demonstration of thinking beyond standard approaches is an admirable exemplar for all disciplines to consider in teaching statistics. Moreover, the authors’ candid reflections on the challenges, possible improvements in effectiveness and efficiency, and workable adaptations for other situations provide ideas for teachers to apply the principle in contexts beyond those described in the article.

This article will be made free to read throughout 2017

The C Oswald George Prize has been awarded to Thomas Gerd’s paper ‘The Kaplan–Meier theatre’, published in Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 45–49.

In this announcement the joint editors have given their reasons for awarding Thomas the prize.

C. Oswald George was an eminent government statistician in the UK; one of the founders of the Institute of Statistics who served as Chairman or President. He donated a sum of money for the ‘best paper, especially submitted by younger authors, in the field of applied statistics’. The prize was subsequently attached to the Institute's own professional exams. After the formation of Teaching Statistics in 1979, the Institute made the prize money available for the best article in Teaching Statistics, and this prize has continued to be made available following their merger with the Royal Statistical Society. Dr. C. Oswald George died on 6 January 1974, and his obituary appeared on the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A 137:457–458. His legacy is honoured each year through the award of this prize to the ‘best’ article in Teaching Statistics.

This article will be made free to read throughout 2017.

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