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Chris Reading has lectured since 1997 as part of the information technology team within the School of Education at the University of New England (UNE) in Australia. Her interest in the field of statistics education began in 1976 with postgraduate research and tutoring in the School of Mathematics and Computing Science at UNE. This interest developed further with fourteen years of teaching mathematics at secondary level and
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5 completion of a PhD on Students’ Understanding of Statistics. Chris first presented research findings in statistics education at the International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS) in 1998 but has since delivered research papers, and been involved with the statistics education discussion group, at the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) conferences in 1999, 2000 and 2001. She hopes to present at both ICOTS and PME in 2002 and will be a co-leader of the discussion group at PME. Chris co-chaired and was local organizer for the Second International Research Forum on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy held at UNE in 2001. She is also a project leader for the statistics education team within the Centre for Cognition Research in Learning and Teaching (CriLT) at UNE. Chris Wild is Professor of statistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, President Elect of IASE and co-author with G. A. F. Seber of Nonlinear Regression (pub. Wiley, 1989) and Chance Encounters: A first course in data analysis and inference (pub. Wiley, 2000). He has been an Associate Editor of Biometrics , and is currently an Associate Editor of The International Statistical Review and The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics . Although his main research contributions have been in statistical methodology he also publishes in statistics education where his major interest is in the ways in which statisticians think and how these thinking patterns might be passed on to students.
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6 JOHN M. TRURAN (IN MEMORIAM) (1) We recently received the sad news about John Truran, who had a major stroke on Monday 10th December but despite outstanding medical care and support died at 9 a.m. on Sunday 16th. In his recent thesis, John describes his personal experience as a student, a teacher and a researcher. He was born in December 10 th , 1940. His primary schooling was at Westbourne Park Primary School, a government school near his home, in Adelaide, where he was advised to study mathematics. From 1959 to 1962 he studied Pure and Applied Mathematics and Education at the University of Adelaide. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts (Pure & Applied Mathematics) and became interested in education on the influence of L. F. Neal and Z. P. Dienes. John completed at the University of Adelaide his Diploma in Education. From 1963 to 1964 he taught junior mathematics and many other subjects at Unley High School, a prestigious school in Adelaide. In early 1965 he was appointed to teach mathematics at Edmonton County Grammar School, North London, and after two terms he taught from 1965 to 1968 at Abingdon School, Berkshier, a pilot school in the School Mathematics Projects. He was invited to become an author in the project and was
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