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Bob Hayden

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Posted: Apr 25, 1996 11:28 AM
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Here are some notes on textbooks from George Cobb, one of the
directors of the STATS (Statistical Thinking and Teaching Statistics)
Project which retrained college mathematics teachers to teach statistics.

> I'm not familiar with all the books on your list, but here are a few
> thoughts that I hope will be of some use.
> It may speed your reviewing process to decide how much time, if any,
> you want your students to spend learning and using statistical methods,
> as opposed to statistical ideas that can be learned without spending time
> on the methods. The book by Jessica Utts (a lovely book, I think,
> although I haven't taught from it) and the more established and also lovely
> book "Statistics: Concepts and Controversies" by David Moore would both
> be suitable for a course of the sort that a colleague at Swarthmore
> teaches called "Statistical Thinking." He also teaches a course called
> "Statistical Methods," for which he has used Moore and McCabe, and for
> which many of the other books on your list might work. I personally
> prefer Moore's Basic "Practice of Statistics" to the book David Moore
> wrote with McCabe, because I find it easier to read and follow.
> I would urge you to choose a book written by someone highly regarded as
> a statistician: Andy Siegel, David Moore, Jessica Utts, Bob Wardrop, ...
> Bob Hayden can tell you more about Siegel's book than I, but here are
> some thoughts about Moore's and Wardrop's books. David Moore's is the
> best of the intro books that sell well, and the best-selling of the
> really good books available. It is an excellent, thoughtful well
> crafted book. Bob Wardrop's book is also excellent, but is much less
> well known, in part because it follows an unconventional organization:
> He starts with Yes/No data, and only does continuous data comparatively
> late in the book. The big advantage he gets in return is that his
> students know enough after the first week or two to design their own
> completely randomized experiments, and know enough a week or two after
> that to test a null hypothesis using the results of their own data
> collection.
> Finally, a couple of other truly distinctive books you might consider.
> Activity Based Statistics, by Dick Scheaffer, Jeff Witmer (both
> presenters at some of the other STATS workshops), Ann Watkins
> (site manager of one of the workshops, and a member of the STATS steering
> committee), and Mrdulla Gnandesikan, published by Springer, is a
> collection of class-tested activities for teaching the intro course.
> Many STATS-related folks, including Don Bentley, were members of the
> advisory group for this project.
> Workshop Statistics: Discovery with Data, by Allan Rossman, was designed
> for teaching the introductory course using the "workshop approach," where
> the teacher does very little lecturing, and instead helps students
> develop the material on in small groups. Rossman was a presenter at a
> STATS workshop last year, and is director of a new series of workshops in
> statistics that are taking over where STATS left off. (This one is also
> published by Springer.)
> George
> George W. Cobb
> Mount Holyoke College
> South Hadley, MA 01075
> 413-538-2401


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