ASA launches STatistic Education Web

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  • Author: Statistic Views
  • Date: 18 July 2013
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Statistic Education Web (STEW) is an online resource through which the American Statistical Association (ASA) is increasing the quality of statistics education for all ages, helping kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) mathematics and science teachers who are tackling statistical concepts worldwide. STEW holds peer-reviewed lesson plans for statistics and probability concepts that are covered in K-12 curriculum and tested on during exams throughout a student’s school-career. These plans are available to all teachers around the globe in a standard format.

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Despite the importance of statistical knowledge to a student in full-time education, very few teachers have had the proper training or applied experience with such concepts so, for example, the teaching in this area is often not suitably aimed at a specific age-range. STEW provides guidance toward topics and application methods that are appropriate for a particular class depending on the maturity levels of the students, avoiding this common problem so that the complexity of the subject is neither too high nor too low. Soviet psychologist Lev Vygotsky’s work depicting the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) supports the idea that a child’s maturity level is of paramount importance when planning a lesson.

The statistical concepts covered by the lesson plans are in keeping with the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report: A Pre-K-12 Curriculum Framework, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. ‘The web site resource is organized around the four elements in the GAISE guidelines: formulate a statistical question, design and implement a plan to collect data, analyze the data by measures and graphs, and interpret the data in the context of the original question’ (ASA, http://www.amstat.org/education/stew/).

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