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EDEP 429: Introductory Statistics (3 credits)

Use of descriptive statistics in analyzing test scores; application of linear correlation and regression; introduction to an understanding of inferential statistics. Pre: High School Algebra/Logic


Modified: February 21, 2006

Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers From the Media, Politicians, and Activists (Joel Best, University of Delaware)

An excerpt printed in the Chronicle of Higher Education (5/4/2001)


Basic Text:

Glass, G. V., & Hopkins, K. D. (1996). Statistical methods in psychology and education (3rd ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

NOTE: Glass & Hopkins is a standard introductory statistics text. The topics covered are dealt with in most introductory texts dealing with descriptive and beginning inferential statistics in the behavioral sciences. Students are encouraged to validate their understanding of the basic concepts by consulting other authors' treatments (in online and in printed texts indicated below or discovered by other means, e.g., in the library or on colleagues' shelves) of the same concepts.

Gene Glass' pages on his course at Arizona State University can be found at: COE 502: Introduction to Quantitative Methods.

There are links to Glass' online treatments of some of the topics in the Reading and Study Outline for Glass & Hopkins below (click on the chapter title to retrieve the associated file) as well as links to other sources on particular topics [NOTE: In COE 502, Dr. Glass uses Hopkins, K. D., Glass, G. V., & Hopkins, B. R. (1996). Basic statistics for the behavioral sciences (3rd ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon. Consequently, the chapter numbers and sections therein will not match but the material will be similar.]. As I discover other online resources, I will link them into these pages under Online Resources and/or the appropriate chapter in the Reading and Study Outline for Glass & Hopkins.

Other References:

Ferguson, G. A., & Takane, Y. (1989). Statistical analysis in psychology and education (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. [NB: This text was required prior to the adoption of Glass & Hopkins. You can access an outline for EDEP 429 based on Ferguson & Takane by clicking on the title.]

Hays, W. L. (1994). Statistics (5th ed.). Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace.

Howell, D. C. (1995). Fundamental statistics for the behavioral sciences (3rd ed). Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury Press.

Howell, D. C. (1997). Statistical methods for psychology (4th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury Press.

McClelland, G. H. (1999). Seeing Statistics (Version 1). Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury Press.

Moore, D. S., & McCabe, G. P. (1998). Introduction to the practice of statistics (3rd ed.). New York: Freeman.



Data Sets and SAS Control Files


Online Resources: (barely scratch the surface of what's available on the Internet)

The student is strongly encouraged to make use of these Internet resouces/links as a way to reinforce and to validate one's understanding of basic statistical concepts.

James Algina's pages (syllabi, SAS and SPSS code, papers, etc.) [Very good stuff!!]

Against All Odds: Inside Statistics (Annenberg Foundation) [must viewing!!]

Relevant Text Online

Glossaries

Guidelines

Calculators and Online Applications

Downloadable Software

Data Set Libraries

Courses

Discussion Lists

General