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Statistics

Instructor: Chris Olsen

July 8-12

We will consider the four major content themes of AP® Statistics: exploratory data analysis, planning and executing statistical studies, probability and random variables, and statistical inference. We will stress the use of technology during the course of the week.  Our goal will be to expand your knowledge base with some in-depth discussions of the AP® Statistics topics to help with those tough questions your students are sure to ask.  Generally, we will consider: the philosophy of the course, the statistical techniques needed, and communication as an essential part of "doing statistics."  I will be bringing a large amount of AP® Statistics material (information, data, activities, tests and quizzes, bibliographies, PowerPoints, etc.).

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About the Instructor

Chris is a past member (twice) of the AP® Statistics Test Development Committee, and has served as a table leader and question leader for the AP® Statistics exam for 14 years. He taught statistics at George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, IA, for over 25 years, and AP® Statistics from its inception until 2007. He is now an assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at Grinnell College, teaching calculus, experimental design, and elementary statistics classes.  He graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in mathematics and philosophy, and in his graduate work concentrated on statistics, computer programming, psychometrics and test development.  

He has been involved in national workshops and conferences, mostly relating to statistics, for over 30 years.   He has reviewed materials for The Mathematics Teacher (MT) journal, the AP® central web site, The American Statistician (TAS) journal, and the Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA); he is also on the editorial panel of the Teaching Statistics journal. He is co-author, with Roxy Peck and Jay Devore, of the text Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis, now in its 6th edition; and co-author, with Roxy Peck, of Statistics Learning from Data, now in its 2nd edition. He authored and edited the original AP® Statistics Teacher's Guide, and three special topics sections in AP® Statistics summer workshop materials.

Current projects involve moderating the AP® Statistics Teacher Community, and writing computer programs to support teaching statistics in AP® Statistics and AP® Biology classes.

Chris Olsen, instructor of the Statistics AP Institute

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