Fundamentals of Statistical Reasoning in Education, Third Edition
October 2010, ©2011
The third edition of Fundamentals of Statistical Reasoning in Education gives educators the statistical knowledge and skills necessary in everyday classroom teaching, in running schools, and in professional development pursuits. It emphasises conceptual development with an engaging style and clear exposition. The text features a case study approach, which models the process of data analysis, conceptualises the learning of challenging statistical concepts, and reflects the most current literature in the field. Included with this text is a CD of the newest version of SPSS 18 for students.
PART I DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS.
Chapter 2 Frequency Distributions.
Chapter 3 Graphic Representation.
Chapter 4 Central Tendency.
Chapter 5 Variability.
Chapter 6 Normal Distributions and Standard Scores.
Chapter 7 Correlation.
Chapter 8 Regression and Prediction.
PART 2 INFERENTIAL STATISTICS.
Chapter 9 Probability and Probability Distributions.
Chapter 10 Sampling Distributions.
Chapter 11 Testing Statistical Hypotheses about m When s Is Known:
The One-Sample z Test.
Chapter 12 Estimation.
Chapter 13 Testing Statistical Hypotheses about m When s Is Not
Known: The One-Sample t Test.
Chapter 14 Comparing the Means of Two Populations: Independent
Chapter 15 Comparing the Means of Dependent Samples.
Chapter 16 Comparing the Means of Three or More Independent
Samples: One-Way Analysis of Variance.
Chapter 17 Inferences about the Pearson Correlation Coefficient.
Chapter 18 Making Inferences from Frequency Data.
Chapter 19 Statistical \Power" (and How to Increase It).
Appendix A Review of Basic Mathematics.
Appendix B Answers to Selected End-of-Chapter Problems.
Appendix C Statistical Tables.
- Tables and graphs in Chapter 2 and 3 were streamlined and updated in order to provide guidance for hand-constructing.
- A section added in Chapter 17 acknowledges that the t statistic also is used to test the statistical significance of simple regression coefficients.
- The research literature featured in the “Reading the Research” boxes has been updated to reflect the most current literature.
- Based on feedback from students and instructors alike, a comprehensive glossary has been added.
- An epilogue regarding nonparametric tests has been added. This epilogue is comprised of a brief description of the purpose of nonparametric tests and a table showing the nonparametric analogue to each parametric test.
- The functionality of the companion website for instructors and for students has been improved.
- Incorporates a case study approach, which models the process of data analysis, conceptualizes the learning of challenging statistical concepts, and addresses one of the more controversial policy issues in education today, high stakes testing.
- Includes a focus on conceptual development; frequently reinforcing concepts/principles/procedures in earlier chapters and foreshadowing concepts/principles/procedures to come.
- A clear, step-by-step illustration of mathematical operations.
- Integrates statistical hypothesis testing with effect, size and confidence intervals throughout.
- Examples, problems, and applications largely focus on the discipline of education.
- As an added resource, this text comes with SPSS 18, a CD for Windows.