CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue “Building future generations of statisticians” Statistical Education Research Journal (SERJ)

Guest Editors: Peter Howley, Ayse Aysin Bilgin and Reija Helenius with co-editor Manfred Borovcnik 

  1. Topics

The central theme is ‘initiatives in developing future statisticians’. This does not include the development of program content within tertiary education, rather it refers to the surrounding ‘outreach’ initiatives and supporting mechanisms for increased engagement and interest in (attraction to) the field of statistics.

Such activities aim to arouse interest from the wider community and schools and increase the numbers of individuals engaging with statistics, recognising its value and wanting to be part of the next generation of international players in the field, whether expressly in statistics or in conjunction with other fields of inquiry, or to at least be part of those advocating statistics as a career and accessible endeavour.

Success stories and failure stories are welcomed since each may inform and inspire more successful strategies for arousing student and teacher interest in statistics. It is vital to accompany the results by research in order to draw evidence-based conclusions from the experience.

With the focus on ‘outreach’ activity and engagement, this special edition will draw upon articles which show evidence of:

  • Collaboration with industry, with professional societies, between institutions and others such as African Data Initiative, Japanese Poster competition, ISLP, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences activities, Pakistan Civil Service Academy, Statistical Houses in Iran, Australian National Schools Poster Competition, and US Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition.
  • Innovative approaches to develop a love of statistics in students and society at large (citizens).
  • Overcoming statistical anxiety to increase connection with statistics.
  • Addressing disadvantaged groups to increase connection with statistics.
  • Success stories.
  • Failure stories (e.g., why an initiative failed, what needs to be considered to make them successful).

Articles must address the key aims of increased connection with community, schools, and industry.

Key areas may include local, national and international:

  • Competitions and awards;
  • School-based activities;
  • Collaborative efforts to arrest the shortfall;
  • Innovative activities to increase numbers of students choosing to study statistics;
  • Initiatives, which bring a focus on statistics towards the afore-mentioned aims.

We invite researchers, educators, teachers, societies, academics, and industry alike to submit research articles.

  1. Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts for this special issue will be limited to a maximum of 6000 words of body text and authors are encouraged to aim for 4000-5000 words of body text (apart from abstract, tables and graphs, references, appendices). Manuscripts in Spanish or French are welcome (an English summary of 1000 words must be provided).

Abstract: 15 December, 2017     Full papers: 15 July, 2018

Interested authors may get a document with a more detailed synopsis of the topic.

Peter Howley [email protected] ; Ayse Aysin Bilgin [email protected]



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