ESTEEM: Enhancing Statistics Teacher Education with E- Modules



Most statistical concepts are taught within an already packed secondary mathematics curriculum by mathematics teachers who are often under prepared to teach statistics. To address this issue, the Enhancing Statistics Teacher Education with E-Modules [ESTEEM] project will facilitate the infusion of statistics content and pedagogy into undergraduate mathematics teacher preparation by providing faculty with technological and curricular resources, networking experiences, and ongoing support.

As a result of the ESTEEM project (2016-2020), preservice secondary mathematics teachers [PSMTs] will be better equipped to teach statistics with online tools. This will lead to stronger preparation of grades 6-12 students in statistics and data literacy, and feed the pipeline into data intensive STEM disciplines.

The ESTEEM project will address three primary goals.

1) Create online resources for statistics preservice teacher education

2) Design modules and approaches for using these resources

3) Implement resources and modules in undergraduate mathematics education teacher education programs.

ESTEEMClick here to access the ESTEEM materials. (Instructions)

The ESTEEM materials

The ESTEEM materials are designed to be used with preservice middle and secondary mathematics teachers in online environments, though instructors may adapt these for use in face-to-face or hybrid courses, or with other teacher audiences. There are 3 modules available; Foundation, Inferential Reasoning, and Association.

The first module gives core ideas about teaching statistics and how to support students’ investigations. The second module focuses on developing essentials understandings of how to support inferential reasoning. The third module focuses on the teaching and learning of statistical association.

Follow this link to get access to the ESTEEM modules.  You will be asked to create an account with The Place which is an online learning platform hosted by the Friday Institute.  This link can help you create an account at The PLACE.  Once you have an account then you will be asked to complete a short survey to register for ESTEEM access.

Broader Impact

We will prepare teachers in a high demand area [statistics] of secondary mathematics curriculum. This will impact a wide range of institutions that have small and large mathematics teacher education programs. This can lead to stronger preparation of K-12 students in statistics and data literacy, and feed the pipeline into the multitude of STEM disciplines that utilize data.

One way the project is achieving this is through a series of webinars to support faculty in implementing ESTEEM materials. Click here for a description of the webinars.

We are also partnering with the Concord Consortium to help with enhancements to the statistical software CODAP (Common Online Data Analysis Platform), a free web based data tool designed as a platform for developers and as an application for students in grades 6-14.  The enhancements made to CODAP’s statistical capabilities will be immediately available to subsequent projects that make use of it, thus broadening CODAP’s impact. 

To learn more about CODAP use the following link.

This pronsf3ject is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE 1625713 awarded to North Carolina State University. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the principal investigators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.