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5th Symposium of Statistics, Probability and Inference in the Classroom

5th Symposium of Statistics, Probability and Inference in the Classroom


5th Symposium of Statistics, Probability and Inference in the classroom:

How do teachers address their teaching and learning?”


Friday, December 10, 2021

The Research Group on Early Statistics, GIET, together with the Mathematics Education team of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, is pleased to invite you to the “V Symposium on Statistics, Probability, and Inference in the Classroom” (SEPIA5), which It will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Chile, GMT-3) in an online format.

This V Symposium is oriented to teachers, teacher trainers, and prospective teachers interested in statistics teaching at all school levels. This event pretends to disseminate the Education of Statistics, Inference, and Probability in Chile and Latin America, promoting spaces for discussion about the teaching and learning of statistics at school among classroom teachers and researchers.

The Symposium is free and online.

Research Group on Early Statistics, GIET, IMA PUCV.


Fondecyt PROJECT N ° 1200346


9.00 a 09.15


GIET website presentation


09.15 to 10.15

Dani Ben-Zvi (University of Haifa, Israel)


10.20 to 11.00

Lucía Zapata (Antioquia University, Colombia)


11.00 to 11.10




11.10 to 11.50

Blanca Ruiz (Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico)


11.55 to 12.35

Soledad Estrella (Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile)


12.40 to 13.30

Discussion table.
Moderator: Hugo Alvarado UCSC.
Challenges in learning and teaching informal inference: Blanca Ruiz ITESM, Lucía Zapata UdA and Soledad Estrella, PUCV.


Dani Ben-Zvi Universidad de Haifa, Israel

dbenzvi@univ.haifa.ac.il     http://dbz.edtech.haifa.ac.il

I am a full professor in statistics education and educational technologies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa, Israel. I am the head of the Department of Learning and Instructional Sciences. My research interests draw upon two central aspects of human life: Statistical thinking and technology. Focusing on these two aspects in my research, I study (a) students’ statistical learning and the development of their statistical reasoning as it occurs in the social context of the classroom; and (b) the role of innovative technological tools in offering new forms of understanding, learning and communicating. I have been pursuing these themes in classroom studies that emphasize inquiry, reasoning, creativity, communication and collaboration, and the use of notations and technological tools.

I received my Ph.D. in statistics education from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2001. My research has been published in seven edited books, six special issues of journals and 140 articles and chapters. I co-authored with Joan Garfield the book Developing Students’ Statistical Reasoning: Connecting Research and Teaching Practice (2008), co-edited the first International handbook of research in statistics education (2018), and authored 25 statistics textbooks for school age children.

I am a recipient of grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), British Academy, European Commission, Israel Science Foundation (ISF), and Minerva Stiftung.

I have been active in the international statistics education community. I served as a Vice President of the International Association for Statistical Education and was nominated recently as its President-Elect (2021). I am the co-founder  and a co-chair of the International Collaboration for Research on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking, and Literacy (SRTL), a leading research group in the area of statistics education.



Lucia Zapata Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

I am a professor of mathematics education in the Department of Sciences and Arts of the Faculty of Education of the University of Antioquia, Colombia. I have a degree in mathematics and physics, a statistician, and a doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Georgia, in the United States.

I am part of the Group of Education in Experimental Sciences and Mathematics in which I lead research on the learning of statistics in critical perspectives, mathematics and inclusion and the initial and continuous training of mathematics and statistics teachers.

She published several academic articles in the field of statistics education and mathematics education and participated as an academic peer in scientific journals such as Journal for Research in Statistics Education, ZDM, Boletim de Educação Matemática (Bolema), Mathematical Thinking and Learning.

Blanca Ruiz Tecnológico de Monterrey, México

Professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey since 1997 in the areas of Mathematics and Statistics. She obtained a doctorate degree in Statistical Education at the University of Granada, Spain. She is currently a full-time professor at the School of Engineering and Sciences in the area of Statistics. She is a member of the faculty of the Master in Education and the Doctorate in Educational Innovation at Tecnológico de Monterrey. As co-director of the thesis, she is linked to other master’s and doctoral programs in Mexico and Latin America. Her main lines of research are inferential statistical thinking and reasoning in university students, and the link between educational research and mathematics teaching. She has several publications in indexed magazines and participations in congresses. She has also been a guest speaker at various events and conference organizer focused on the didactics of mathematics and statistics.

She has collaborated in the direction of projects of institutional interest and in external financing projects such as the Erasmus project Building the future of Latin America: involving women in STEM (W-STEM). She belongs to the SOI STEM Strategic Focus Research Group at Tecnológico de Monterrey. She is an active member of the Latin American Network on Statistical Education (RELIEE) and the Network for Research and Innovation in Statistical Education and Educational Mathematics (Riieeme). Her main research interests are to promote the research and teaching of statistics in Latin America, as well as the link between teaching practice and research, especially in the area of probability and statistics.


Soledad Estrella Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile

I am a professor in mathematics education and statistical education in Mathematics Institute of the Faculty of Sciences at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. I am the head of the Research Group of Early Statistics. My current research focuses on children’s learning, including early statistics, children’s learning about data representations and the development of their statistical reasoning; and teachers’ learning and professional development through Lesson Study in theirs schools. I am researching on context-based learning and teaching, statistics learning trajectories, and collaborative and creative problem solving.

I have been active in the national statistics and mathematical education community. I am the co-founder a Lesson Study Group (GEC IMA–PUCV). Currently, I serve as a Vice President of the Mathematics Education Chilean Society (2021-2022) and I belong to the board of the Chilean Statistical Society (2020-2021).





Our Research, Innovation and Development Group committed to the quality of education in Early Statistics, mainly teaching, learning, and evaluation in Statistics, Inference, and Probability brings together undergraduate and graduate academics, teachers, and research students. From the Institute of Mathematics of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso.

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