Title: The University of Minnesota doctoral program in statistics education research
Authors: Robert delMas - University of Minnesota (United States) [presenting]
Abstract: Statistics education research represents an area of emphasis within the Quantitative Methods in Education (QME) doctoral program of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. All students who receive a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology complete core coursework in learning theory, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and both quantitative and qualitative educational research methods. In addition, the core requirements of the QME program focus on measurement with additional coursework in applied statistics and evaluation methods. Students who pursue an emphasis in statistics education research gain extensive experience in applying research-based methods for teaching statistics and complete doctoral studies that explore assessment development, curriculum development, problem solving, and conceptual development related to understanding statistics. The coursework, teaching, and research experiences of students in the statistics education research emphasis are detailed. Examples of the research conducted by students are provided, and the types of positions currently held by graduates of the program are indicated.