The doctoral programme at the university of granada

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The doctoral programme at the University of Granada has received a great deal of support from Spanish and other European academic authorities and this has served to fund visits from the principal mathematics and
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18 statistics educators who have given us courses and discussed with us our research in progress. Statistics education research received particular support through different funded projects from the Spanish Ministry of Education. The IASE decisions to hold the ICOTS-4 conference in Marrakech and the 1996 IASE Round Table Conference in Granada served to consolidate and give impetus to our work. These meetings helped us to establish new valuable contacts and collaborations that still continue. The list of theses, projects and publications carried out in the group is available from our web page , which is also linked to the IASE and other statistics education web servers. 3.3 FINAL REFLECTIONS Having finished the training of all the members in our own department (where there are now 18 lecturers with a PhD in mathematics or mathematics education), and also the training of other colleagues in Andalusian universities (3 in Jaén, 2 in Cordoba, 2 in Malaga) we focus now on the education of young students and South American colleagues, who in the last years were increasingly successful in getting a grant either from their own countries or from the AECI (Spanish Agency for International Co-operation), or OEI (Organisation of Ibero- american States) or other institutions. A number of doctoral dissertations by colleagues from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela are being prepared in Granada. When returning to their countries these colleagues usually take over responsibility for Master’s or doctoral programmes in education or in mathematics education. It is, then, very likely that this collaboration can serve to spread mathematics and statistics education research in South and Central America. In this brief report we have reflected on our particular experience in the training of researchers in statistics education from a mathematics education doctoral programme, which was started with a lot of effort, but has gradually been developed to be the main research programme in mathematics education in Spain and includes the largest statistics education research group in Spain. International collaboration was very important at different stages to start up the doctoral programme, and orientate the first theses. We hope this experience can encourage other researchers to start new programmes even with modest initial resources and in this way can serve to extend the interest towards statistics education research. CARMEN BATANERO Department of Mathematics Education University of Granada Faculty of Education, Campus de Cartuja 18071 Granada Spain 4. ACCEPTING A CHALLENGE CAROLINA CARVALHO University of Lisbon, Portugal [email protected] 4.1. FINDING A FIELD OF KNOWLEDGE THAT WOULD ALLOW A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE: THE CASE OF STATISTICS
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