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textbooks for AP Stat (fwd)
Posted:
Apr 23, 1996 4:04 PM


> > In one of his messages, Robert Hayden briefly mentioned textbooks. This is my > third year teaching statistics at the high school level. The first two, I used > a book that is not on the AP list and my students did reasonably well > (although > they did not cover all the AP objectives). This year I am piloting the Moore > and McCabe book at the recommendation of people at an AP workshop and am > distressed at how poorly my students are doing and also the dropout rate I'm > experiencing. I'm afraid part of the problem seems to be the textbookthe > lack of examples Robert Hayden mentioned plus generally obtuse explanations. The question of choosing a textbook depends heavily on what it is you want your students to learn, and what they already know. I think M&M is a good choice for communicating the nature and practice of statistics to an audience with good reading, study, and math skills. There are other books that do a good job of teaching students how to plug numbers into formulas and crank out answers, thereby misrepresenting what statistics is all about. I've been slow to reenter this discussion because it's hard to talk about textbooks in a vacuum. You need to first specify the raw materials and the desired product.

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