ERIC Number: ED423257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Statistics: Can We Get beyond Terminal?
Green, Suzy; Carney, JoLynn V.
Recent articles in behavioral sciences statistics literature address the need for modernizing graduate statistics programs and courses. This paper describes the development of one such course and evaluates student background for a class designed to provide a more consumer-oriented type of statistics instruction by focusing on the needs of students who are not statistics majors. The course for nonmajors focuses on key concepts for the effective understanding of research findings and uses only one statistical package, with the goal of increased understanding. As part of the development of the course, the importance of differences in student backgrounds, specifically quantitative skills was studied. Results with 28 students from 12 majors show that skills used are not differentiated by the entering levels of preparedness in quantitative areas. These results suggest that expansion of statistics courses to include applied statistical skills can be successful for students from different majors. (Contains 1 table and 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).