The School of Teaching & Learning is pleased to offer a doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Statistics Education. The doctoral program in statistics education is aimed at preparing scholars interested in statistics education in the K-12 setting as well as the teaching and learning of statistics at the undergraduate level. Doctoral students will have opportunities to engage in research related to students’ and/or teachers’ understanding of statistics as well the teaching of statistics at the tertiary level.
Tim Jacobbe (Program Coordinatory & Point of Contact): Dr. Jacobbe is an Assistant Professor and the Program Coordinator for Mathematics and Statistics Education at the University of Florida. He has experience as an assessment specialist at Educational Testing Service and in the statistics education research community. As an assessment specialist, Jacobbe was one of the primary test developers for the AP Statistics Program. Dr. Jacobbe is currently the Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded LOCUS Project. As a researcher, Jacobbe has examined elementary school teachers’ understanding of various statistical topics in relation to the expectations described in the GAISE framework. He was an author on a team that produced Bridging the Gap between Common Core State Standards and Teaching Statistics and NCTM’s Developing Essential Understanding of Statistics for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 6–8.
Dr. Dick Scheaffer: Dr. Scheaffer is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Statistics and has a Courtesy Appointment in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. Scheaffer was a pioneer in establishing statistics as a mainstay in the standards documents in the United States with his work on the Quantitative Literacy Project in the early 1980s. In addition to serving as the first Chief Reader for the AP Statistics program, Scheaffer is also one of the authors of the GAISE framework and the statistics sections of the Common Core State Standards as well as MET2 Document.