Posts Tagged ‘ operations research ’

The nature of mathematics and statistics and what it means to learn and teach them

September 6, 2016
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The nature of mathematics and statistics and what it means to learn and teach them

I’ve been thinking lately…. Sometimes it pays to stop and think. I have been reading a recent textbook for mathematics teachers, Dianne Siemon et al, Teaching mathematics: foundations to middle years (2011). On page 47 the authors asked me to “Take … Continue reading →

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What was data science before it was called data science?

December 2, 2015
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What was data science before it was called data science?

“Data Science” is obviously a trendy term making it way through the hype cycle. Either nobody is good enough to be a data scientist (unicorns) or everybody is too good to be a data scientist (or the truth is somewhere in the middle). Gartner hype cycle (Wikipedia). And there is a quarter that grumbles that … Continue reading What was data science before it was called data science?

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Divide and destroy in statistics teaching

March 8, 2015
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Divide and destroy in statistics teaching

A reductionist approach to teaching statistics destroys its very essence I’ve been thinking a bit about systems thinking and reductionist thinking, especially with regard to statistics teaching and mathematics teaching. I used to teach a course on systems thinking, with … Continue reading →

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Divide and destroy in statistics teaching

March 8, 2015
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Divide and destroy in statistics teaching

A reductionist approach to teaching statistics destroys its very essence I’ve been thinking a bit about systems thinking and reductionist thinking, especially with regard to statistics teaching and mathematics teaching. I used to teach a course on systems thinking, with … Continue reading →

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Why I am going to ICOTS9 in Flagstaff, Arizona

February 9, 2014
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Why I am going to ICOTS9 in Flagstaff, Arizona

I was a university academic for twenty years. One of the great perks of academia is the international conference. Thanks to the tax-payers of New Zealand I have visited Vancouver, Edinburgh, Melbourne (twice), San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Salt Lake City … Continue reading →

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Why I am going to ICOTS9 in Flagstaff, Arizona

February 9, 2014
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Why I am going to ICOTS9 in Flagstaff, Arizona

I was a university academic for twenty years. One of the great perks of academia is the international conference. Thanks to the tax-payers of New Zealand I have visited Vancouver, Edinburgh, Melbourne (twice), San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Salt Lake City … Continue reading →

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Deterministic and Probabilistic models and thinking

December 16, 2013
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Deterministic and Probabilistic models and thinking

The way we understand and make sense of variation in the world affects decisions we make. Part of understanding variation is understanding the difference between deterministic and probabilistic (stochastic) models. The NZ curriculum specifies the following learning outcome: “Selects and … Continue reading →

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Deterministic and Probabilistic models and thinking

December 16, 2013
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Deterministic and Probabilistic models and thinking

The way we understand and make sense of variation in the world affects decisions we make. Part of understanding variation is understanding the difference between deterministic and probabilistic (stochastic) models. The NZ curriculum specifies the following learning outcome: “Selects and … Continue reading →

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On-line learning and teaching resources

September 22, 2013
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On-line learning and teaching resources

Twenty-first century Junior Woodchuck Guidebook I grew up reading Donald Duck comics. I love the Junior Woodchucks, and their Junior Woodchuck Guidebook. The Guidebook is a small paperback book, containing information on every conceivable subject, including geography, mythology, history, literature … Continue reading →

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Parts and whole

August 4, 2013
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Parts and whole

The whole may be greater than the sum of the parts, but the whole still needs those parts. A reflective teacher will think carefully about when to concentrate on the whole, and when on the parts. Golf If you were … Continue reading →

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