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ERIC Number: EJ890110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
The Sociology of Teaching Graduate Statistics
Moran, Timothy Patrick
Teaching Sociology, v33 n3 p263-271 Jul 2005
A paradox is building in American sociology around the practice and teaching of statistical methods. On the one hand, this is a time when the quantification of the discipline is well established, when statistical applications in sociological research continue to reach new heights of sophistication, and when the accumulation of such skills remains one of the few lucrative professional tracks for the students. But while statistical practice in sociology swirls with intellectual activity--including technological progress, cutting-edge advancement, and intense controversy and debate--the same cannot be said of statistical teaching in sociology. Writing over a decade ago, Hubert Blalock (1989:448) expressed "deep concern" over the increasing tendency in sociology to "substitute training in techniques and the uncritical use of computer programs for more in-depth knowledge that places a higher premium on the understanding of underlying assumptions and their implications for theoretical interpretations of research findings." In this article, the author offers his views on the call for a reevalaution of the way they approach the teaching statistics, particularly introductory courses at the graduate level. (Contains 1 table and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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