Making Stronger Connections between K-12 and Undergraduate Statistics


Leaders

Phyllis Curtiss and John Gabrosek, Grand Valley State University

Abstract

Data analysis, probability, and statistics play a vital role in the NCTM standards. Unfortunately, pre-service teachers do not see the connection between their undergraduate coursework and the K-12 classroom. We describe a project that includes exemplary K-12 curricula in an undergraduate course. Hands-on activities will be included. The goal is to help you identify and make use of the connections between K-12 and undergraduate statistics in your program.

Bio-Sketches

Phyllis Curtis received her PhD in 1999 from Bowling Green State University. She has taught at GVSU since 1998. She taught high school math and coached softball for two years. Her particular interests are nonparametric stats and the connection between teaching stats to prospective teachers and the K-12 curriculum. She was the captain of the Climax high school cheerleading squad.

John Gabrosek received his PhD in 1999 from Iowa State University. He has taught at GVSU since 1999. He taught high school math and coached debate for three years. His particular interests are sports stats and the connection between teaching stats to prospective teachers and the K-12 curriculum. He is the proud owner of "Pengy" a 36 year old stuffed blue penguin.

Results

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