I had a chance to teach two different courses for teachers using the Triola book. I think it does an excellent job in teaching data crunching. The problems come from real life situations and are interesting. His sidebars in the book are also catch the attention of the students. However, he is admittedly weak in the design of the study. The book is designed for liberal arts students who are already skeptical about anything mathematics. Tothat end, the text does a good job. He follows a case study all the way through a chapter to keep the continuity of the lesson. However, he glosses over how to frame the initial question and the data collection.
The Johnson book appears functional at first glance. I think he spent so much effort trying to make it interesting that the content became secondary. Whenever, he gets started in a good explanation of statistics theory, he interrupts it with another case study. It's almost like watching a good movie that has commercials every five minutes. It is hard to keep focused on the main idea. I think it will also be a good source of supplementary work for my students
I plan to use the Moore book (BPS) and supplement it with the Triola book.
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