Using Statistics to Make Educational Decisions

Using Statistics to Make Educational Decisions

By: David E. Tanner (author)Paperback

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This is 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 levelled 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. Using Statistics to Make Educational Decisions is designed to serve as a primary text for undergraduate and graduate-level introductory statistics courses within the field of education. Concise and accessible, it presents a diverse array of education-specific examples and coverage to illuminate the ways in which educators can use statistics for effective decision-making. The integration of measurement concepts makes this text relevant in an age of standardized testing and offers students a preview of more advanced statistical topics.

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About Author

David Tanner is a Professor in the Department of Educational Research and Administration at California State University, Fresno, where he was the Department Chair from 1990-1995. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Measurement from Texas A&M University, and his areas of interest include educational psychology; statistics and measurement; educational research; quantitative and qualitative evaluation; assessing student achievement; evaluating classroom assessment instruments; and evaluating the performance of teachers and teacher candidates. He has authored several journal articles and the textbook Assessing Academic Achievement ((c)2001).


Part A: Developing a Context for Statistical Analysis Chapter 1: A Context for Solving Quantitative Problems Chapter 2: Describing Data Part B: Presenting Data Chapter 3: Data Distributions: Picturing Data Chapter 4: Working with the Normal Curve: z Scores Part C. Examining Differences Chapter 5: Probability and the Normal Distribution Chapter 6: t for One, or Two Chapter 7: Analysis of Variance Chapter 8: ANOVA with more than One Independent Variable: Factorial ANOVA Chapter 9: Dependent Groups Tests for Interval Data Part D. Association and Prediction Chapter 10: Correlation Chapter 11: Regression with One Predictor Chapter 12: Regression with More than One Predictor Part E. Tests for Nominal and Ordinal Data Chapter 13: Some of the Chi-square Tests Chapter 14: Working with Ordinal, More, or Less-than Data Part F. Tests, Measurement Issues and Selected Advanced Topics Chapter 15: Testing Issues Chapter 16: A Brief Introduction to Selected Advanced Topics Glossary Appendices: Tables of Critical Values Appendices: A Primer in SPSS(R) Appendices: Solutions to Selected Problems

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/10/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781412969772
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 552
  • ID: 9781412969772
  • weight: 885
  • ISBN10: 1412969778

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