Reading Educational Research How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered

ISBN-10: 0325008582
ISBN-13: 9780325008585
Edition: 2006
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Description: Gerald Bracey's primer on statistics comes out exactly when we need it most: when school folks are being driven crazy by the bureaucrats' insistence on "data-driven" everything. But Bracey makes clear that data is rarely what it seems, and that both  More...

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List price: $31.88
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Gerald Bracey's primer on statistics comes out exactly when we need it most: when school folks are being driven crazy by the bureaucrats' insistence on "data-driven" everything. But Bracey makes clear that data is rarely what it seems, and that both its producers and its users need to be much more sophisticated about what it is and isn't. - Susan Harman, Principal, Growing Children School, California Stats, stats, stats. It seems everything written about education today is full of stats. Stats about reading and writing competency; stats about graduation and retention rates; stats comparing U.S. students to other countries students; stats about how many students meet state education mandates. With so many numbers in education these days, how do you discern what's data and whats dada? With Reading Education Research, nimble-minded number cruncher and award-winning researcher Gerald Bracey takes your hand and walks you through the process of figuring out the meaning behind the figures. You don't need to be a math whiz to follow Bracey because he writes with clarity and humor, explicitly defining statistical terminology in easy-to-understand language and even offering you thirty-two specific principles for assessing the quality of research as you read it. Reading Education Research includes four major themes that every classroom teacher will find helpful as they read research and talk about it with colleagues, parents, or administrators, including: understanding data and how it is usedand misused uncovering how variables are used in the construction of scientifically based researchand manipulated in politically motivated research drawing conclusions about a study and deciding whether the data presented is meaningful assessing the data that comes from standardized testing. Don't be numbed by the numbers or get hung up on histograms. Before you read another piece of educational research, get Reading Education Research and let Gerald Bracey guide you to a firm understanding of the story behind the stats.

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