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Teaching Statistics in School Mathematics-Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education

A Joint ICMI/IASE Study: The 18th ICMI Study

  • Carmen Batanero
  • Gail Burrill
  • Chris Reading

Part of the New ICMI Study Series book series (NISS, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Global Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Tânia M. M. Campos, Irene M. Cazorla, Verônica Y. Kataoka
      Pages 5-8
    3. Charles Opolot-Okurut, Patrick Opyene Eluk
      Pages 15-19
    4. M. Alejandra Sorto
      Pages 47-51
  3. Fundamentals for Teaching Statistics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-56
    2. Brigitte Chaput, Jean-Claude Girard, Michel Henry
      Pages 85-95
    3. Dave Pratt, Neville Davies, Doreen Connor
      Pages 97-107
    4. Helen MacGillivray, Lionel Pereira-Mendoza
      Pages 109-120
    5. Linda Gattuso, Maria Gabriella Ottaviani
      Pages 121-132
  4. Teachers’ Beliefs, Attitudes and Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-150
    2. Robyn Pierce, Helen Chick
      Pages 151-162
    3. Assumpta Estrada, Carmen Batanero, Stephen Lancaster
      Pages 163-174
    4. Andreas Eichler
      Pages 175-186
    5. M. Teresa González, M. Candelaria Espinel, Janet Ainley
      Pages 187-197
    6. Tim Jacobbe, Carolina Carvalho
      Pages 199-209
    7. Ernesto Sánchez, Cláudia Borim da Silva, Cileda Coutinho
      Pages 211-221
    8. Chris Reading, Dan Canada
      Pages 223-234
    9. Anthony Harradine, Carmen Batanero, Allan Rossman
      Pages 235-246
    10. Joachim Engel, Peter Sedlmeier
      Pages 247-258
    11. Juan D. Godino, Juan J. Ortiz, Rafael Roa, Miguel R. Wilhelmi
      Pages 271-282
    12. Rosemary Callingham, Jane Watson
      Pages 283-293
  5. Challenges and Experiences in Teacher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-298
    2. Jim Ridgway, James Nicholson, Sean McCusker
      Pages 311-322
    3. Maxine Pfannkuch, Dani Ben-Zvi
      Pages 323-333
    4. Katie Makar, Jill Fielding-Wells
      Pages 347-358
    5. Randall E. Groth, Shihong Xu
      Pages 371-382
    6. Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris, Ana Serradó
      Pages 383-394
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 407-425

About this book


In recent years, there have been an expansion and renewal of the statistics content in the mathematics curricula in many countries through all school grade levels from primary to secondary levels. However, no similar attention has been paid to the preparation of mathematics teacher to teach statistics at these levels. This book presents the results from the Joint ICMI/IASE Study, Teaching Statistics in School Mathematics. Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education that was  intended to address the lack of attention  to teaching statistics by promoting international collaborative  research specifically focussed on the education and professional development of teachers to teach statistics.The volume covers a very wide field, including examples of statistics curricula and teacher education programmes around the world; analysis of the fundamentals to teaching statistics;  survey chapters of research related to teachers’ attitudes, beliefs and knowledge related to fundamental statistics ideas and its teaching; and analyses of challenges and experiences related to training teachers to teach statistics. The book is designed to be useful to researchers in mathematics education and statistics education teacher educators,  and people involved in curricular development in statistics with the hope that it will foster further research in the problems related to educating teachers to teach statistics at different school levels. It could be of interest to teachers themselves, since the basic ideas for teaching statistics and the research summarised  in the book both in learning difficulties or teaching strategies is applicable in both the training of students and teachers.



Assessing Statistical Thinking and Reasoning Developing Teachers' Statistical Literacy Education and Professional Development of Teachers Foundations for Teaching Statistics Fundamental Statistics Ideas Mathematics versus Statistical Thinking Measuring Levels of Statistical Pedagogical Knowledge Models for Statistical Pedagogical Knowledge Preparing Teachers for Statistics Statistics School Curriculum Statistics and Probability Students' Difficulties and Conceptions Teacher Attitudes Toward Statistics Teacher Beliefs on Statistics Education Teacher's Graphical Competence Teachers' Attitudes, Beliefs and Knowledge Teaching Statistics in School Mathematics Technology in Teaching and Learning Statistics Training Statistics Teachers Understanding Averages Understanding Correlation and Regression Understanding Distribution Understanding Sampling and Inference Understanding Statistical Investigations Understanding Variation

Editors and affiliations

  • Carmen Batanero
    • 1
  • Gail Burrill
    • 2
  • Chris Reading
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. Ciencias de la EducaciónUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Dept. Counseling,, Educational Psychology &Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.SiMERR National CentreUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

About the editors

Dr. Carmen Batanero

Carmen Batanero is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Granada, Spain, where she coordinates a research group in statistics education and she teaches mathematics education to pre-service mathematics teachers and statistics education in the Masters’ Programme in Mathematics Education.  Before joining this Department in 1988, she worked in the Department of Statistics, where she taught probability and biostatistics courses for 11 years and completed her Ph.D in Statistics. Her main research interest is statistics education, a topic in which she has coordinated several funded projects and has supervised many doctoral dissertations. She is also interested in the theoretical and methodological bases for research on mathematics education and the education of mathematics teachers to teach statistics. Carmen has been actively  involved in the statistics and mathematics education community for many years and was President of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE), member of the IASE executive committee and  member of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction Executive committee. She was chair of the International Programme Committee for the IASE Round Table Conference in Japan, 2000; the International Conference on Teaching Statistics in Brazil, 2006;  and the Joint ICMI/IASE Study Conference in Mexico, 2008. In addition she has been involved in the scientific committee of many other international conferences in the past 15 years. She was co-editor of Statistics Education Research Journal and is currently associate editor of various mathematics and statistics education journals. She is life member of the IASE.


Gail Burrill

Gail Burrill, a secondary teacher and department chair in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin for over 25 years, is currently a Mathematics Specialist in the Division of Science and Mathematics Education at Michigan State University.  She was an associate researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she served as President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and as Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board. Her honors include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and the Wisconsin Distinguished Educator Award.  She was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She directs the Institute for Advanced Study’s International Seminar as well as the Secondary School Teachers Program component of the Park City Mathematics Institute and serves on numerous boards and committees in an advisory capacity. She is an instructor for Teachers Teaching with Technology and is a senior mathematics advisor to Texas Instruments Education Technology.  Burrill has written and edited many books and articles on teaching and learning statistics. She has spoken nationally and internationally on issues in teaching and learning mathematics, in particular in conjunction with the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE). She has served on numerous Program Committees, organized Roundtables, and was Editor of several volumes for IASE and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics including the Sixty-eighth Yearbook on Thinking and Reasoning with Data and Chance.  Her research interests are statistics education, the use of technology in teaching secondary mathematics, and issues related to what it means to teach mathematics.


Dr Christine Reading

Chris Reading is a Senior Lecturer in ICT Education in the School of Education at the University of New England where she delivers training to pre-service and in-service teachers. She has more than thirty five years experience in education within the secondary school, university and TAFE sectors and received an 2008 Award for Teaching Excellence from The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Her statistics education research focuses mainly on student reasoning, in particular reasoning about the concepts of variation and distribution. Chris actively contributes to the statistics education professional communities. She was Vice President of the International Association of Statistical Education (IASE) for six years and Assistant Editor of the Statistics Education Research Journal (SERJ) for five years. She is currently an Associate Editor of SERJ. Chris has attended the first six Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy International Research Forums and contributed to the planning of many of these forums, including hosting one forum in Australia. She has also been on the organising committees of a number of international conferences including, the ICMI/IASE Joint Study Conference in Mexico in 2008 and the International Conference on the Teaching of Statistics in Brazil in 2006, and then in Slovenia in 2010.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Teaching Statistics in School Mathematics-Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education
  • Book Subtitle A Joint ICMI/IASE Study: The 18th ICMI Study
  • Editors Carmen Batanero
    Gail Burrill
    Chris Reading
  • Series Title New ICMI Study Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title New ICMI Study Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-1130-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3716-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-1131-0
  • Series ISSN 1387-6872
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 425
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematics Education
    Statistics for Social Sciences, Humanities, Law
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