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Bob Hayden

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pooled wisdom
Posted: Nov 5, 1996 10:31 PM
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----- Forwarded message from KINGB@WCSUB.CTSTATEU.EDU -----

******* omitted quotes from David Moore ***********************

It's this kind of "expert testimony" that is missing from so many
textbooks at the elementary level--the kind of testimony that would help
us make wiser decisions about the relative merits of various procedures,
when working with students.

----- End of forwarded message from KINGB@WCSUB.CTSTATEU.EDU -----

My training is in mathematics and education, and I think that applies
to Bruce too. We have both tried to learn more about statistics in
recent years. One thing I have noticed (now I'm NOT speaking for
Bruce!) is that people with limited training in statistics tend to
pick textbooks by people with limited training in statistics. It
seems to me we need to go the other way. The less training WE have,
the more important it is that the textbook author know what he or she
is talking about. Whatever their shortcomings might be, the books
recommended for AP Stats. are definitely by people who know what they
are talking about! Statistics is unusual in that many -- possibly a
majority, especially if you count by number of books sold rather than
nubmer of different books -- of the entry level textbooks are written
by people with pretty limited backgrounds in statistics. Caveat

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