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Group for Research on Learning Probability and Statistics, the International Association for Statistics Education, the University of Minnesota, the Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger Conference Foundation at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Kibbutz Be’eri. Discussions and research at this first forum revolved around a number of issues. An attempt was made to clarify what constitutes statistical reasoning, thinking and literacy (SRTL), how are these cognitive processes and/or outcomes different and how are they related? In particular, the first forum aimed to address the following questions: What does research on SRTL tell us about the learning and teaching of statistics? What are the cognitive, socio-cognitive, or developmental aspects of learning SRTL in different age/grade levels? What theoretical frameworks and methodologies are appropriate for researching SRTL? What types of qualitative and quantitative research studies are needed to help us better understand these ways of processing information and to help promote them in educational settings? Particularly, how do we collect, use and analyse video material for research on SRTL? What are the implications of research into SRTL for learning goals, curriculum design, and assessment? Participants were asked to bring video clips and transcripts to illustrate different types of statistical literacy, reasoning and thinking. The group met all together to view videos and discuss the various research projects. SRTL-1 was a first attempt to focus a research forum on the interrelated and often poorly defined topics of statistical literacy, reasoning, and thinking. Participants of SRTL-1 indicated that the meeting’s format enabled good discussion, and that it was stimulating and enriching to become acquainted with key researchers in this area (1) Statistics Education Research Journal 1(1), 30-45, http:/ International Association for Statistical Education
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31 and to view their work in progress. Many especially valued the small size that allowed plenty of time for interaction and discussion, the use of video in the talks and the extended discussions of videotaped sequences. It was clear from participants’ evaluations that this was only the beginning of a very exciting and promising line of research, and that there was much work to be done, so a second gathering (SRTL-2) was planned in Australia, with a similar format but improved structure. 1.2. SRTL-2 - ARMIDALE - 2001 The Second International Research Forum on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy (SRTL-2) was held at the University of New England (UNE), in Armidale, Australia from August 15 to August 20, 2001. The Forum was co-chaired by Joan Garfield (University of Minnesota, USA), Dani Ben-Zvi (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) and Chris Reading (University of New England, Australia). Just prior to SRTL-2 Bob delMas (University of Minnesota, USA) kindly agreed to also co-chair when Joan Garfield was prevented from coming to Australia due to poor health. Sponsors of the Forum were The IASE Statistical Education Research Group (IASE-
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