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David Vere-Jones's influence on statistical education

  • Brian Phillips (a1)

David Vere-Jones's interest in mathematical and statistical education was triggered in the early 1960s during his visits to Russia when he met leading mathematicians who were deeply involved in these areas as well as in their own research. Through the 1970s and 1980s David's involvement in education grew in New Zealand where he became influential in the developments in mathematics and statistics teaching, especially at school level. By the early 1990s he had become very involved in the Education Committee of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and had a key role in the Third International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS-3) in Dunedin, 1990. This was soon followed by the pivotal role he played in the establishment of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE). This paper describes the formative influences underlying David's involvement in statistical education and his influence on the growth of the IASE.

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1 Postal address: School of Mathematical Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, PO Box 218, Hawthorn Vic. 3122, Australia. Email:
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[1966] Mathematical education in the USSR. Education (New Zealand) 15, 2026 and 27–32.
[1967a] (WITH Cochrane, W.) Essays on Mathematical Education (translation of Essays by A. Ya. Khinchin, with a supplement on Soviet Mathematical Education). English Universities Press, London.
[1967b] Recent developments in Soviet mathematical education. Education News (Australia) 11(3) 912.
[1979] Of the day and of the fray. N. Z. Statistician 14(3), 818.
[1982] Risk. In Statistics at Work , eds Gubbins, S., Rhoades, D. A. and Vere-Jones, D., New Zealand Statistical Association, Wellington, 4355.
[1986a] On recent changes in the mathematics curriculum in New Zealand upper secondary schools. In Mathematics Education (Proc. Math. Education Session 15th Conf. Stoch. Proc. Appl.), eds Hida, T. and Shimizu, A., Department of Mathematics, Nagoya University, Japan, 3557.
[1986b] Probability, earthquakes and travel abroad. In The Craft of Probability ModellingA Collection of Personal Reminiscences , ed. Gani, J., Springer, New York, 222235.
[1989] (WITH Begg, A. J. C.) Some emerging changes in statistics education in New Zealand schools. Bull. Internat. Statist. Inst. 53 (Book 2), 199207; Discussion (Book 4), 158-166.
[1991a] (WITH Dawkins, B. and Carlisle, S. (eds)) Proc. 3rd Internat. Conf. Statist. Education (ICOTS-3) . ISI, Voorburg.
[1991b] (WITH Manly, B., Harraway, J. and Rayner, J.) A Handbook for Organising International Conferences on Teaching Statistics. University of Otago, Dunedin.
[1994] The IASE and problems of statistical education in developing countries. In Proc. 1st Sci. Conf. Internat. Assoc. Statist. Education , eds Brunelli, L. and Cichitelli, G., University of Perugia, Perugia, 429441.
[1995] The coming of age of statistical education. Internat. Statist. Rev. 63, 323.
[1996a] Statistical education in the next 10 years: past perspectives and future prospects. N. Z. Statistician 31(1), 212.
[1996b] Statistical education: an international perspective (invited address to Science Council of Japan, translated into Japanese with English abstract). Proc. Inst. Statist. Math. (Japanese Series) 44(2), 263274.
[1997] Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, 1912-1995: A personal tribute. Austral. J. Statist. 39, 121128.
[1998] Background influences on the development of statistical education (invited plenary address). Proc. 5th Internat. Conf. on Teaching Statistics , Vol. 1, 2742.
[2000a] Personal communication, March 2000.
[2000b] Personal communication, 15 June 2000.
Begg, A. J. C. (2000). Personal communication, January 2000.
lSI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (1991). Minutes of meeting April 7-10, 1991 at CBS Building, Voorburg, The Netherlands.
lSI COUNCIL (1991). Minutes of meeting of incoming Council, 17 September 1991, Conference Centre, Cairo, Egypt.
Regier, M, (2000). Personal communication, February 2000.
Scheaffer, R. (2000). Personal communication, February 2000.
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