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Probability and Statistics. They are currently working in topics of Statistics related to Mathematics Education. Their interest comes from their teaching experience and their conviction that statistics is a hard-to-teach and hard-to-learn subject matter. It may be worth noting that in the courses that these post-graduate students can take as part of their doctoral studies, they may become familiar with other research topics such as those related to the teaching/learning of Algebra, or of Geometry, or topics as diverse as Problem Solving. I think my experience is representative of what happens in Mexico in relation to the links between the institutions in which Statistics is taught, and those focused towards training researchers in Mathematics Education. It is clear that there is a need for greater collaboration between the research institutions in Mathematics Education and those specialized in training statisticians, in spite of the fact that it is my belief that the latter do not see the problems of Statistics education as a field of research. ERNESTO SÁNCHEZ Departamento de Matemática Educativa, CINVESTAV-IPN Av. Instituto Politécnico Nacional 2508 Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, 07360-Distrito Federal México 9. REFLECTIONS FROM MY EXPERIENCE CHRIS READING University of New England, Australia [email protected] Given that my PhD, upon submission, had ruled my life totally for one fifth of my existence and seen my supervisor through two restructures, which had him working first at a teachers’ college and later at a university, one might wonder what would lead someone to embark on such an adventure. Following my undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New England (UNE) in Australia, I undertook an Honours and Masters of Science program in statistics with a Diploma in Computer Science, on the side, as I needed to estimate some, as yet, untabulated integrals. At this stage, mathematics education operated from within the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at UNE. Although I completed a Diploma in Education, attending some classes at the local teachers’ college, in preparation for teaching Mathematics, my first seven years of work involved tutoring in a variety of undergraduate statistics
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27 courses, both theoretical and practical, at UNE. When university funding was reduced I moved on to teaching mathematics, and subsequently computer science, at a local high school. I always maintained my ties with the university by studying some Australian History, before embarking on a Masters of Education. A requirement of my first unit of study, research methods, was to produce a research proposal and although my initial interest had been to research the use of computers in education, still in its infancy in the mid 80s, a lecturer in Mathematics Education convinced me to change direction and investigate levels of students’ statistical understanding. His main interest was in Structured Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) levels and he was recruiting a number of PhD students to investigate the use of the SOLO Taxonomy in a variety of fields. Recently rereading my research proposal prepared as part of the
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