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Teaching & Learning Webinar Series

This series of webinars presents general topics in statistics education.
They are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm Eastern time.
Hosted by Ellen Gundlach, Purdue University.

CAUSE webinars are made possible by generous contributions from:

Freeman Publishing

JMP® software from SAS

Minitab Inc.

Pearson Higher Education

"Measuring confidence to teach statistics to middle & high school grades: The development & validation of the SETS instruments"
with Leigh M. Harrell-Williams, Virginia Tech/Georgia State University
M. Alejandra Sorto, Texas State University
Rebecca L. Pierce, Ball State University
Lawrence M. Lesser, The University of Texas at El Paso
Teri J. Murphy, Northern Kentucky University

2:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern time, August 14th, 2012

Do some PreK-12 teachers lack confidence to teach confidence? What are PreK-12 teachers' "Core" beliefs about being able to teach statistics? We will present the development and validation phases of two instruments designed to measure a teacher's self-efficacy to teach statistics: one for middle school grades and one for high school grades. The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has changed the landscape of pre-service teacher education as well as professional development as teachers are called on to teach statistics material that may not have been part of their education. The Self-Efficacy to Teach Statistics (SETS) instruments are aligned with key concepts of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and the PreK-12 GAISE. We will discuss potential and current uses of these instruments, including research, assessment, and analysis of need for professional development programs. This discussion will include the current use of the SETS instruments in research regarding pre-service teachers and in a state-wide professional development program for in-service teachers. At the end of the presentation, we will seek the opportunity to discuss ideas for use of the instruments with audience members, including teacher educators, professional developers, education researchers, and other interested parties.

Leigh M. Harrell-Williams
Leigh M. Harrell-Williams

M. Alejandra Sorto
M. Alejandra Sorto

Rebecca L. Pierce
Rebecca L. Pierce

Lawrence M. Lesser
Lawrence M. Lesser

Teri J. Murphy
Teri J. Murphy



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