Using Statistics to Make Educational Decisions

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-07
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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An accessible introduction to statistics written specifically for Education students in the changing educational landscape Government scrutiny and intensified oversight have dramatically changed the landscape of education in recent years. Observers want to know how schools compare, which district is best, which states are spending the most per student on education, whether reforms are making a difference, and why so many students are failing. Some of these questions require technical answers that educators historically redirected to outside experts, but the questions leveled at all educators have become so acute and persistent that they can no longer be outsourced. This text helps educators develop the tools and the conceptual understanding needed to provide definitive answers to difficult statistical questions facing education today.

Table of Contents

Developing a Context for Statistical Analysis
a Context for Solving Quantitative Problems
Describing Data
Presenting Data
Data Distributions: Picturing Data
Working with the Normal Curve: z Scores
Examining Differences
Probability and the Normal Distribution
t for One, or Two
Analysis of Variance
ANOVA with more than One Independent Variable: Factorial ANOVA
Dependent Groups Tests for Interval Data
Association and Prediction
Regression with One Predictor
Regression with More than One Predictor
Tests for Nominal and Ordinal Data
Some of the Chi-square Tests
Working with Ordinal, More, or Less-than Data
Tests, Measurement Issues and Selected Advanced Topics
Testing Issues
a Brief Introduction to Selected Advanced Topics
Appendices: Tables of Critical Values
Appendices: a Primer in SPSSĀ“
Appendices: Solutions to Selected Problems
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