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Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) directly acknowledges that the practice of statistics is in a state of transition. Null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), the main-stay technique of the 20th century, is under attack. Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) addresses this transition and emphasizes effect size indexes and confidence intervals. At the same time, the text maintains the clear explanations of NHST and the engaging writing style that made previous editions so successful.
Data sets are approached with an attitude of exploration
Effect size indexes and confidence intervals are promoted
A web-based, test-planning exercise helps students prepare for tests
The basics of experimental design are included
Interpretation is emphasized throughout
Changes in statistical practice over the years are acknowledged
The history of statistics is a recurring theme
Examples and problems come from a variety of disciplines and everyday life
Most problems are based on actual studies rather than fabricated scenarios
Problems are interspersed within a chapter, not grouped at the end
Answers to problems are extensive – 52 pages of detailed answers
Computer software analyses are illustrated with IBM SPSS printouts
Important words and phrases are defined in the margin when they first occur
Appendix A is designed to help alleviate anxiety and provide encouragement.
Objectives at the beginning of each chapter serve for orientation and later review
Key Terms are listed for each chapter
Clues to the Future alert students to concepts that come up again
Error Detection boxes tell ways to detect mistakes or prevent them
Transition Passages alert students to a change in focus in chapters that follow
Comprehensive Problems encompass all (or most) of the techniques in a chapter
What Would You Recommend? exercises require choices among techniques from several chapters
Additional practice problems in arithmetic, algebra, and complex operations are in Free Materials on this site.
Additional attention to criticism of null hypothesis significance testing (NHST)
Reorganized Chapter 9, moving effect size index to the beginning of the chapter
Reorganized Chapter 10, moving effect size index and confidence intervals to the beginning of the chapter
Appendix A, Arithmetic and Algebra Review completely revised and retitled, Getting Started.
Added a free Test Planning Exercise to this site
Added new problems that illustrate contemporary research; eliminated some problems
Updated all problems and examples that use contemporary data
Revised categorization of variables to distinguish discrete variables
Eliminated the algebraic explanation of a straight line
Many words, sentences, paragraphs, and examples revised to improve clarity and reflect current practice
Practice problems in arithmetic, algebra, and complex operations added to Appendix A.
Online interactive student Study Guide made available.
Appendixes
References
Index
Test Bank - The Test Bank for Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) is a 2500-item Word document written by the author. It can be requested by adopters.
Study Guide - An online interactive Study Guide accompanies Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition). Students can purchase 6 months of access to the Online Study Guidefor only $12.
Student test-planning exercise - A web-based exercise is available under Free Materials. Students can use this free exercise to identify resources that are available for an upcoming test.
History of Statistical Practice- A Selected History of Statistical Practice by Chris Spatz is available on this site under Free Materials. This chapter is from a Society for Teaching Psychology publication edited by W. D. Woody, R. L. Miller & W. J. Wozniak titled Psychological specialties in historical context: Enriching the classroom experience for teachers and students. https://teachpsych.org/ebooks/psychspec
Free Materials – The "Free Materials" page on this site includes:
The 13th Edition of Exploring Statistics is expected in Fall 2023. The new edition of this great book will still be the same clear, understandable, narrative-style text at an affordable price, but updated to keep up with an ever-changing field. Dr. Spatz has added three new co-authors for this upcoming edition who will add their voices and 49 years of undergraduate statistics teaching experience to the new edition. Dr. Marc Sestir, from the University of Central Arkansas, and Dr. Lindsay Kennedy and Dr. Jennifer Peszka, from Hendrix College, are looking forward to joining Chris to help students begin Exploring Statistics!
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