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Improving K-12 Education Using Statistical Thinking: A Case Study of School Principals – Mini Paper Taken from the Spring 1999 Newsletter

Abstract: This paper presents a case study of teaching 15 principals how to improve school administration in small and rural schools using statistical thinking. The case study was performed in the Texas Woman’s University’s Principal’s Academy and built on what we had learned in using statistical thinking in one middle school in downtown Dallas. The premise of the Academy was to teach three aspects of Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s Theory of Profound Knowledge to reduce variation in schools.

Keywords: Statistical thinking - Process-oriented thinking - Variance Reduction

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