2002 stochastics papers at merga conference july 2001

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(2002). Stochastics papers at MERGA, Conference, July, 2001 . Statistics Education Research Journal 1(1).
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14 SHARING EXPERIENCES IN THE TRAINING OF RESEARCHERS 1 Keywords: statistics education research; training researchers; doctoral and masters’ programmes. 1. INTRODUCTION FLAVIA R. JOLLIFFE University of Greenwich [email protected] This collection of short articles has been written by statistical education researchers who have agreed to share their experiences of training researchers in this area. The contributors come from several different countries and include both those who are relatively new to this field as well as those who have been working in it for several years. Some of them write about their own experience in becoming a statistical education researcher and some give information and advice about the training of other researchers. Several contributors state that researchers in statistical education need knowledge in both statistics and education. In making comparisons it is important to realise that in some countries PhD students attend taught courses as well as writing a thesis, in others the award of a PhD is based on a thesis alone. Clearly some teachers feel the need for research results in statistical education, and it is encouraging that some are likely to make use of the results of their own research in the classroom. By providing something of a global picture of a variety of situations it is hoped that these contributions will help both to identify some of the problems in training researchers and to suggest ways of dealing with these problems, and hence will help to increase the number of statistics education researchers and the status of statistics education research in the world. In its turn this should improve the teaching and understanding of statistics at all levels. The articles by Joan Garfield and Lionel Pereira-Mendoza are concerned mainly with PhD supervision. Joan describes the supervision experience of recent US doctoral students in statistics education. Most of them had come into statistics education because of their experience in teaching statistics, and those who had completed their research were teaching. Joan notes that it appears to be easier to do statistical education research within mathematics education, a situation which occurs in many countries, but it is encouraging that there are plans for the development of formal programs in statistics education in the US. Lionel gives his thoughts and advice as regards PhD supervision based on his own experience as a supervisor, concentrating particularly on what he feels is important in supervising someone working in the area of statistical education. Carolina Carvalho, David Green and Chris Reading tell us about their own research. David and Chris give very honest accounts of their development as statistical education researchers. Both have been fairly isolated as researchers but stress that it is important to have contact with other researchers. David ends with some recommendations for those undertaking statistical education research. Carolina gives an account of her doctoral
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