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Over the past decades there has been an increasingly strong call for statistics education to focus more on statistical literacy, reasoning, and thinking. One of the main arguments presented is that traditional approaches to teaching statistics focus on skills, procedures, and computations, which do not lead students to reason or think statistically. The SRTL International Collaboration began in 1999 to foster current and innovative research studies that examine the nature and development of statistical literacy, reasoning, and thinking, and to explore the challenge posed to educators at all levels –– to develop these desired learning goals for students. The SRTL Forums were established by Joan Garfield And Dani Ben-Zvi. They are currently co-chaired by Dani Ben-Zvi (e-mail: dbenzvi@univ.haifa.ac.il) and Katie Makar (e-mail: k.makar@uq.edu.au) and, offer scientific gatherings every two years and related publications in journals and books.

Latest news:

SRTL-12, July 3-9 2021

SRTL-12 in will take place in the Netherlands in July 2021 (3-9 July 2021). It will be hosted by the University of Utrecht. The local committee will include Arthur Bakker, Marianne van Dijke-Droogers, and Lonneke Boels from the University of Utrecht. Link to SRTL-12 Preliminary Announcement

A Special Issue in MTL, July 2020

Studies presented in SRTL-11 will be published in a special Issue of the journal Mathematical Thinking and Learning. The theme of this issue is: New ways of interacting with data, context and chance in statistical modeling processes. The Guest Editors are: Jennifer Noll, TERC (USA); Susanne Schnell, Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany); Rob Gould, UCLA (USA); and Katie Makar, The University of Queensland (Australia). Expected publication date is July 2020.

SRTL-11, July 14-20 2019

The eleventh gathering of the International Collaboration for Research on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy (SRTL-11) concluded on Saturday July 20, 2019 in UCLA (Los Angeles, USA). The theme was: New ways of interacting with data, context and chance in statistical modelling processes. This year marked 20 years of the founding of SRTL in 1999.

The hosts were Rob Gould and Linda Zanontian from the Department of Statistics, UCLA.

25 participants from 8 countries spend the week studying the nature and development of students’ statistical reasoning with data, context and chance in statistical modelling processes and the challenges posed to educators and researchers at all levels in supporting students to achieve these goals. We were honored by a visit of Joan Garfield, co-founder and past co-chair of the research forums. Frauke Kreuter (Germany/USA) was our Statistician-in-Residence who talked about Understanding data generation processes.

International Collaboration for Research on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking, and Literacy (SRTL)

c/o Prof Dani Ben-Zvi
Faculty of Education
University of Haifa
199 Aba Khoushy Ave.
3498838 Mount Carmel, Haifa