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Essential Maths Skills for Exploring Social Data
A Student's Workbook

  • Rhys Jones - Teaching Fellow in Statistics and Director of the Science Scholar Programme at the University of Auckland.
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160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

For students anxious about statistics, this hands-on workbook is packed with clear explanations, real-world examples and practical exercises to gain the necessary maths skills to tackle statistics with confidence. Grounded in a social science context, it features:

·       Clear introductions to symbols and tasks

·       Multiple choice questions and exercises

·       Real world case studies and datasets

·       A glossary of terms

The book offers plenty of opportunities to practice through the accompanying online resources, which also includes datasets and a selection of author videos.

 
Introduction
 
Essential Numeracy
 
Percentages and Decimal Points
 
Ratio and Proportions
 
Tables
 
Introduction to Statistics
 
Graphs
 
Exploring Data and Descriptive Statistics
 
Observational Studies and Experiments
 
Polls and Surveys
 
How will I use Statistics?

A friendly, accessible book to reawaken students’ latent maths knowledge.  Written by a non-maths specialist, this book clearly shows students the importance of some of the core maths skills that they learnt in school and how those skills are at the heart of introductory data literacy.  Using real world applied examples, this book will get them building confidence and competence with their numeracy skills, so often a barrier to students learning statistics and quantitative methods.

Julie Scott Jones
Manchester Metropolitan University


Having read through the book, in my opinion I think it is an excellent learning aid for introductory statistics. While some people may argue it is too simplistic to begin with, I disagree as students who come into university are not always straight out of school, some have never done statistics before or have not done it for several years and my simplifying it down to the bear basics, I feel the book provides a base to refresh the memory of students of which stats is a new concept.

For students of which the concept of statistics comes naturally or is not a new concept to, they may not need this book as the lectures/course notes may be sufficient to learn the content. However, with this book acting as a learning assistant, students who struggle with maths have the opportunity to buy the book to guide them through the course and assist with their learning.
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I highly recommend this book, I think it has been well put together and would have loved to have the option of having this book during my stats course.  Everyone learns differently, everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and in my opinion, in today's world there is no such thing as 'too simple'.

Shaun Oliver
Student at The University of Auckland

Rhys' book on data analysis and quantitative methods is made easy for statistics aspirants!

 

This book has made essential numeracy and quantitative skills so clear and easy to understand. In particular, the themes and data sets from different countries made my learning journey interesting. The case studies, exercises and visual aids provided in the book helped me improve my data analysis and interpretation skills, and sparked my interest in pursuing a statistics degree.

 

If you are a returning student to university or statistics aspirant, I will certainly recommend this book to enrich your numeracy and data analysis skills.

Lakshmi Narayanan

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Rhys Jones

Dr Rhys Christopher Jones is a teaching fellow in statistics based in the department of statistics, and also the Director of the Science Scholars Programme at the Faculty of Science, both at the University of Auckland. Rhys teaches on an introductory course to statistics that has over 6000 students a year at the University of Auckland, across a range of disciplines, and enjoys the challenge of bringing the subject to light and convincing people of the value of being able to analyse and interpret data confidently. Rhys has degrees in biology, medical biochemistry, immunology, teacher training and also Education, and has held lecturing... More About Author