Statistics education is now a mature field (Vere-Jones, 1997) and there
is a considerable amount of experience in the world about conducting research
into statistical education. However, we still need to achieve academic
recognition in the different disciplines or programmes where we work.
Jolliffe (1998), and Batanero et al. (2000) suggested we may now be at
a stage where it would be possible to develop some general principles
about what background knowledge do we need in order to conduct quality
research in statistical education, and how might we best train researchers
to conduct research in statistical education.
Currently, this training is carried out at the Master's and Doctoral programmes
from Mathematics Education, Statistics, Education, Psychology and other
related departments, and starting a line of research in statistics education
in these departments is not always an easy task, due to the lack of trained
supervisors, specific bibliography and funds.
This was the situation at the University of Granada, Spain, in 1988, when
the first Doctoral Programme in Mathematics Education in Spain was started.
Only three people, with doctoral dissertation in either Statistics or
Mathematics (Calculus) could give the courses and supervise research work.
Information collected from other departments (Batanero et al., 1994),
and the help by a group of French researchers in mathematics education
was then essential at the starting stages.
In this paper this experience and the way we developed a research group
in statistics education is described. The general orientation and contents
of the doctoral programme, in particular, the courses directed to training
in theoretical aspects, research methods and statistics education research
will be described as a first step to establish what an ideal programme
for training future researchers in statistics education would be.
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