How to Make Sense of Statistics
- Stephen Gorard - Durham University, UK
Evaluation | Quantitative/Statistical Research | Research Methods
Understanding why we have to learn statistics and seeing the links between the numbers and real life is a crucial starting point. Using engaging, friendly, approachable language this book will demystify numbers from the outset, explaining exactly how they can be used as tools to understand the relationships between variables.
This text assumes no previous mathematical or statistical knowledge, taking the reader through each basic technique with step-by-step advice, worked examples, and exercises. Using non-inferential techniques, students learn the foundations that underpin all statistical analysis and will learn from the ground up how to produce theoretically and empirically informed statistical results.
A very easy to read book that deals with the issues of statistics in a very sound yet understandable way
I teach on three different Masters programmes and have included this book in the reading list for all three of them. Two of these programmes have a new cohort joining the University each term. A very well written book which our students find helpful. I have also purchased a hard copy for my own library.
I think this book goes some way in supporting people who find statistics difficult and beginner researchers. I like the clarity and easy to read format coupled with numerous examples and exercises.
It is an advanced and alternative view to hypothesis testing that I at least partially agree with. I think that it is important that students are exposed to alternative views and realise that there is not just one correct answer.