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Using Statistics to Make Educational Decisions

Using Statistics to Make Educational Decisions

November 2011 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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.

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
Appendices: Tables of Critical Values
Appendices: A Primer in SPSS®
Appendices: Solutions to Selected Problems

“This text seems to cover the basics of educational decision making. It would make an excellent text for a course preceding the one I am teaching.”

Mack C. Shelley

The content is very specific to my design for the course. The book addresses a wide range of prior content affiliation by the student. It reads very well but still provides necessary mathematical rigor for understading the concepts presented...extremely appropriate for most EdD programs and could also function as an excellent transistion from a mathematics, statistical background into the world of research in the social sciences.

Benjamin Brown
Lincoln Memorial University

excellent text, very clear and walks students through long-hand calculations.
Also, the ancillary materials are very helpful as an instructor

Mrs Megan Pollock
Sch Of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University - Fresno
August 19, 2013

Provides advanced students with more information and resources

Dr Brian Doore
College Of Educ Human Develop, University of Maine
September 6, 2012

It's well laid out, provides lots of examples, and is written using simple language that is easy for beginner students to follow.

Dr Morgan Earp
Educational Leadership Dept, George Washington University - Dc
February 5, 2012

Very easy to read. Dood connection with SPSS and excellent applications.

Dr Joanna Badara
Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, University of Bridgeport
January 24, 2012

extremely readable

appropriate for educators

facilitates selection of research methodologies (very important)

Dr Benjamin Brown
Graduate Education, Lincoln Memorial University
January 3, 2012

Appropriate for Masters Level students in education and has great teacher resources.

Dr Barbara Nolan
School Of Education, Dowling College
November 2, 2011

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