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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MAE6339
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-11-10
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-09-12
  2. Department: Secondary Education
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 172400000
  5. Contact Person: Denisse Thompson or Gladis Kersaint
  6. Phone: 9742687
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MAE
  9. Number: 6339
  10. Full Title: Topics in Teaching Probability and Statistics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Top Tch Prob & Stat
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Admission to a graduate program in mathematics education or CI.
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course examines issues related to teaching probability and statistics in secondary schools.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: MAny schools now offer secondary students courses in probability and statistics, including Advanced Placement Statistics. Teachers need a variety of instructional approaches for use in high school and middle school classrooms in this content area.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will be an elective in our Master of Arts program. Students in the new Master of Arts in Teaching for grades 6-12 mathematics can choose to take either this course or MAE 6336 Topics in Teaching Calculus.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? no
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate in mathematics education
  29. Objectives: There are four general objectives of the course:

    1. To review, extend, and provide a deeper understanding of basic concepts and skills in probability and statistics as they relate to the teaching of these topics in secondary schools.

    2. To discuss strategies for teaching these concepts and skills to secondary school students, particularly with the growth of graphing calculators and other technologies in the schools.

    3. To review current and relevant research related to the teaching of probability and statistics.

    4. To examine and discuss current curricular issues as they relate to the teaching of probability and statistics to a broader population.

    Upon completion of this course, teachers will be aware of current trends and research in the teaching of probability and statistics.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of probability and statistics taught at the secondary level.

    2. Students will demonstrate techniques for using graphing calculator technolgoy to teach fundamental concepts in probability and statistics at the secondary level.

    3. Students will be able to dicuss current research related to the teaching of probability and statistics.

    Evaluation of student learning outcomes will occur through participation in class discussions and sharing of connections to the secondary classroom; through completion of exams; through the development of a series of lessons in probability and statistics that incorporate technology, applications, and/or interdisciplinary connections; through completion of a research paper about a topic in probability and statistics of interest and use to them in their own classroom; through other miscellaneous assignments, such as written abstracts of classroom based articles on the teaching of probabilty and statistics.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Historical overview of probability and statistics in the secondary curriculum

    2. National recommendations for probability and statistics in the secondary curriculum

    3. Data displays

    4. Designing studies

    5. Tools for analyzing data

    6. Use of simulations

    7. Basic concepts in probability

    8. Making inferences

    9. Evaluating published reports

    10.Advanced Placement curriculum

  32. Textbooks: Possible sample texts:

    Bright, George W., Brewer, Wallace, McClain, Kay and Mooney, Edward S. Navigating through Data Analysis in Grades 6 8. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2003) Reston, VA.

    Burrill, Gail, Franklin, Christine A., Godbold, Landy and Young, Linda J. Navigating through Data Analysis in Grades 9 12. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2003) Reston, VA.

    Bright, George W., Frierson, Dargan Jr., Tarr, James E. and Thomas Cynthia. Navigating through Probability in Grades 6 8. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2003) Reston, VA.

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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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