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Topic 4. Statistics Education/Training and the Workplace

Topic Convenor(s)

Carol Joyce Blumberg (USA) cblumberg@winona.edu
Rene H.M. Smulders (The Netherlands) rsls@cbs.nl

Topic Abstract
There are several sessions under this topic that are very broad in their scope. The first is 4A: Making Statistical Consulting and Technical Co-operation More Effective which will include topics such as statistical consulting as a tool for teaching, strategies and programmes to improve statistical consultants' effectiveness, objectives, strategies, and programmes to improve statistics literacy in the workplace, and issues related to developing and less-developed countries. The second is 4B: The Role of National and International Statistics Organizations in Improving Statistical Knowledge in the Workplace which will have discussions of things that various organizations and national statistics offices are doing and/or should be doing in terms of education and training including, but not limited to, special courses and the development and dissemination of materials an other efforts.

A third session, 4D: Distance Learning, will be concerned with all aspects of distance learning for the workplace and elsewhere including issues such as technology, development of appropriate materials, training of statisticians to deliver distance learning effectively, special needs of distance learners, and successful implementations. Another session is 4E: Using Official Statistics in Teaching which will include topics such as development of teaching materials based on official statistics, co-operation between national statistics offices and educational institutions at the primary, secondary, tertiary, and postgraduate levels, and accessibility to official statistics for use by students and teachers.

In addition there will be several sessions that focus on education and training for the workplace both prior to and during employment. The first one 4G: Preparation and Training of Workers in the 21st Century will include discussion of issues such as statistics literacy as a tool for individual development, objectives and strategies for improving statistics literacy of workers, development of appropriate materials, and successful programmes. Another session is 4C: Training of Official Statisticians which will contain discussions of topics such as short-term and longer-term special courses and institutes, relationships between universities and national statistics offices, training in specific topics such as oral and written communication skills and the use of external databases and other statistical software, meeting the needs of customers in other governmental agencies, and the needs of developing and less-developed countries. Other sessions aimed at specific groups are 4F: Statistical Training and Education of Lawyers, Judges, Doctors, Researchers, and Other Professionals, 4H: Educating Managers, Executives, Politicians, Government Officials and Other Decision Makers, 4K: Training of Institutional Research Professionals, and 4I: Statistical Training and Education in Environmental Settings, including, but not limited to, environmental agencies, agriculture, forestry, energy, ecology, biology, and geology.

The final two sessions under this topic are 4J: Practical Training in the Workplace for Tertiary and Postgraduate Students which will include topics such as preparation of students and supervisors, appropriate workplace placements and tasks, supervision issues, evaluation, and successful implementations and 4L: Informal Gathering of Those Interested in Statistics Training/Education in the Workplace which will be an opportunity early in the conference where those who work in non-academic settings or who are interested in issues related to the workplace will have a chance to meet each other.

Sessions

Session 4A Making Statistical Consulting and Technical Co-operation More Effective Jean-Louis Bodin (France)
Session 4B The Role of National and International Statistics Organizations in Improving Statistical Knowledge in the Workplace Marcel Van den Broecke (The
Netherlands)
Session 4C Training of Official Statisticians Denis Farrell (Australia)
Session 4D Distance Learning Lea Bregar (Slovenia)
Irena Ograjensek (Slovenia)
Bettie Basson (South Africa)
Session 4E Using Official Statistics in Teaching Sharleen Forbes (New Zealand)
Session 4F Statistical Training and Education of Lawyers, Judges, Doctors, Researchers, and Other Professionals Elisabeth Svensson (Sweden)
Kamanzi-wa Binyavanga (South Africa)
Session 4G Preparation and Training of Workers in the 21st Century Albert P. Shulte (USA)
Session 4H Educating Managers, Executives, Politicians, Government Officials and Other Decision Makers Theodore Chadjipadelis (Greece)
Session 4I Statistical Training and Education in Environmental Settings Maria Virginia Lopez (Argentina)
Maria del Carmen Fabrizio (Argentina)
Session 4J Practical Training in the Workplace for Tertiary and Postgraduate Students Katherine Taylor Halvorsen (USA)
Session 4K Training of Institutional Research Professionals Amanda Lourens (South Africa)
Session 4L Informal Gathering of Those Interested in Statistics Education/Training in the Workplace Carol Joyce Blumberg (USA)
Rene H.M. Smulders (The Netherlands)

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