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The growing interest in research on the interrelated and often poorly defined topics of Statistical Reasoning, Statistical Thinking, and Statistical Literacy, has led to emergence of a series of international research forums focusing on these themes. The first research forum (SRTL-1) was held in July 1999. Sixteen statistics educators from six different countries met for five days at Kibbutz Be'eri in Israel to lay the foundations for the definitions, distinctions and interrelations of statistical reasoning, thinking and literacy. The second research forum (SRTL-2) was held at the University of New England, in Armidale, Australia in August 2001. Twenty researchers from six countries met for six days to focus on the challenges in describing, learning, teaching, and assessing statistical reasoning.
One unique feature of these research forums is the use of videos of classroom work or interviews with students, as a way to present, discuss and argue about research related to these topics. In addition, the small size of the forums allows for plenty of time for interaction and discussion. One outcome of the first two forums is a book on "The Challenge of Developing Statistical Literacy, Reasoning, and Thinking", edited by Dani Ben-Zvi and Joan Garfield, that will be published by Kluwer in 2003.
The third in the series of research forums (SRTL-3) will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln USA in July 2003. The topic of the third forum will be Reasoning about Variability. Few of the questions we wish to investigate are: Why is variability important? When and how do children begin to develop the preliminary idea of variability? How does reasoning about variability develop? What are instructional tasks and technological tools that promote the understanding of variability? What are the common misconceptions regarding variability? What are ways to assess understanding of variability? This gathering offers an opportunity for a small, interdisciplinary group of researchers from around the world to meet for a few days to share their work, discuss important issues, and initiate collaborative projects. One outcome of the third forum will be the publication of a proceedings book summarizing the work presented, discussions conducted, and issues emerging from this gathering. Bill Mickelson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) and Chris Reading (University of New England, Australia) are organizing and coordinating SRTL-3.
The research forums were initiated by and are co-chaired by Joan Garfield (University of Minnesota, USA) and Dani Ben-Zvi (University of Haifa, Israel). Various academic institutions and statistics education associations, including the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), support the SRTL research forums.
The SRTL-3 Forum Website: http://tc.unl.edu/srtl
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