ERIC Number: ED415701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Bare Minimum Knowledge for Understanding Statistical Research Studies.
Designed for language teachers who find reading statistical research difficult but necessary, this article focuses on the minimal knowledge needed about statistical techniques for interpreting research findings. It first examines the statistical reasoning underlying quantitative, empirical studies, including normal distribution, standard deviation, and three indices of central tendency (mean, median, and mode). It then looks briefly at three kinds of comparisons most frequently reported in quantitative studies: comparisons of means, frequencies, and correlational coefficients. Statistical tools typically used for each comparison are touched upon, and useful checkpoints that readers of statistical studies should be equipped with are also discussed. (Contains six references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Classroom Teachers and Classroom Research; see FL 024 999.