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more on AP stats textbooks and other resources
Posted: Feb 9, 1996 3:52 PM
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A bit more about textbooks (and reference books) for AP stats:

I have used both Moore & McCabe's _Intro to the Practice of Statistics_
(IPS) and Moore's _The Basic Practice of Statistics_ (BPS). I usually
abhor "big books" only 1/3 of which can be covered in a semester. But in
this case, I like IPS more than BPS, although both are excellent. In the
case of AP students, there is more meat in IPS to chew on, and some
moderately large data sets that will require occasional use of software.
(I assume that many AP teachers will prefer a TI-82 or TI-83 for small
data sets and, possibly, in the first part of the course. But some
reasonable software should be on the menu later on.) It is true that the
reading level in IPS is greater than the reading level in BPS, but it
should not be beyond legitimate AP-level students.

There are some other good possibilities:

(1) DON'T overlook the Quantitative Literacy series, authored by Richard
Scheaffer, et al., at various times over the past ten years. They are
available from Dale Seymour. Call 800-USA-1100.

(2) Speaking of Scheaffer, his Activity Based Statistics (a consequence
of an NSF-funded project) is due to be published this spring by Springer-
Verlag. This is likely to be one of the most useful resources available
to AP teachers. (I have seen and used a few of the activities; many are
unique, and all are thoroughly tested, and pieced together by some of the
most creative people in the statistics reform movement--e.g., Ann
Watkins, Gail Burrill, Jeff Witmer, etc.)

(3) Allan Rossman's _Workshop Statistics: Discovery With Data_ has just
been released by Springer-Verlag. The title says it all. Get a copy.

(4) For reference, there also are:

(a) S. Chatterjee, et al., A Casebook for a First Course in
Statistics and Data Analysis, Wiley, 1995.

(b) D.J. Hand, et al., _A Handbook of Small Data Sets_, Chapman &
Hall, 1994.

(5) Jeff Witmer's _Data Analysis: An Introduction_, Prentice Hall, 1992,
can supplement and enrich an otherwise traditional textbook/course.

BTW, Timothy Brown referred to Fred Djang as "the only secondary school
teacher on E.T.S.'s advisory committee for developing the exam". Not
true. Well, come to think of it perhaps it could be true this year,
though I doubt it. But the 1994-95 Development Committee included 3 high
school teachers on the 8-person committee: in addition to Djang, Chris
Olsen (George Washington HS, Cedar Rapids) and Diann Resnick (Bellaire
Senior HS, Bellaire, TX). And do not allow yourself to think that the
college people on that committee don't know what will fly in high
schools. If you ever have a chance to hear Ann Watkins (CA State U,
Northridge) or Kinley Larntz (U of Minnesota) at a meeting, GO and you
will see what I mean.

One more book:

If you plan to use Moore's BPS, get the supplemental _TI-82 Guide for
Moore's BPS_ by Larry Morgan, which includes a set of programs MSTATPAK
that supplements the -82's built-in capabilities very nicely.

'nuf said...

Bruce King
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

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