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Topic: Re: A.P.Stats Text
Replies: 1   Last Post: Feb 15, 1996 1:56 PM

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Daniel S. Yates

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Re: A.P.Stats Text
Posted: Feb 14, 1996 11:09 PM
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>I have asked about text books too, and
>got some nice replies with some direct references about good texts, one of
>was the M&M book.
> Hopefully, the traffic from those who are actually piloting the course and
>test THIS year will pick up in anticipation or reaction to the test.

>Pat Ballew
>Edgren HS
>Misawa, Japan

To Pat, Nancy, and others: I am piloting the A. P. Stats course
this year, and I am using the Moore and McCabe text (2d ed.), the Student
Edition of Minitab (Mac and Windows versions, but I avoid the DOS
version!), and the "Decision Through Data" video series. And I am very
happy with those choices. I used the original Moore & McCabe text and
Minitab and some of the "Against All Odds" segments for several years at a
college where I used to teach, and had no reason to change. If you have
specific questions about any of these, I would be happy to tell you about
my experiences.

One of the most interesting observations I could make is with
regard to the caliber of high school students I have this year, compared
with the students I used to have in the college classrooms. Many (most??)
of the students I have now are "math or science oriented" with pretty
decent algebra and mathematical reasoning skills, while most of the college
students I got were there to satisfy the math requirement and were from
various service areas (psychology, sociology, life science, political
science, and economics). I saw almost no math, physical science, or
computer science majors in my intro stat college classes. I see A. P.
Statistics as a way to catch these good folks before they get to college
and get talked into some fast track program that doesn't involve
introductory statistics (which I consider important for everyone).

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