ERIC Number: ED245715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Statistics in the Two-Year College Curriculum.
Watkins, Ann E.
Drawing from recent literature and research, this paper provides an overview of the place of statistics in the two-year college curriculum. First, sources are cited in evidence of the strong support among educators for statistics as one of the most useful topics that can be taught. Next, research findings are presented showing that statistics course enrollments represent a small percent of total mathematics enrollments in two-year colleges (3%); that the percentage of colleges offering a course in statistics is declining (from 41% in 1970 to 28% in 1980); and that there has been an increase in the enrollments in math courses taught outside of the mathematics department. The lack of teachers qualified to teach statistics and the lack of students prepared to take college-level statistics courses are cited as two reasons why statistics is not being taught. The next section focuses on the high school curriculum, looking at the percentage of students who take statistics in high school, problems confronting the high school teacher who wants to offer a statistics course, the amount of probability and statistics covered in other math courses, what students know about the subject, and prerequisites for college-level courses. The next sections look at what material is covered in elementary statistics courses and what should be covered, indicating that new approaches to the subject focus on statistical concepts, the use of real data, and data analysis. Finally, a series of recommendations are presented for improving the curricular position of statistics. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Sloan Foundation Conference on New Directions in Two-Year College Mathematics (Atherton, CA, July 11-14, 1984).