The new release of Statistics for the Terrified, v6.01, is now out, and may be of interest to list members. This is a straightforward Statistics tutorial (teaching Statistics itself, not a replacement for SPSS!) Statistics is needed by everyone - and with that in mind we are keen to get feedback from anyone involved in teaching research methods or statistics to students, or from anyone on the list who might be interested.
You can download an evaluation copy (which will run for a limited period)
As a teacher of Statistics for many years in universities, I noticed that putting too much reliance on mathematics didn't get us anywhere. I found that students were happy to be convinced about what was going on in Statistics if it could be converted to a more amenable problem of common sense and pattern recognition - which luckily is very possible. Once the students had assimilated the concepts, they found the mathematics was much easier, because suddenly there was a point to it. So for me, it is all about the way the information unfolds - understand the concept first then back it up with the mathematics if necessary.
Statistics for the Terrified is a straightforward guide to basic (and not-so-basic) Statistics which I developed initially for my own teaching duties in the early 1990s. Expanded and developed under HEFCE's ITTI initiative and later, it is used in many universities and colleges to reach the otherwise difficult group of students who want or need to understand the principles without having to work through the mathematics first. These might be, for example, students of Archaeology, Psychology, Politics, Geography etc., who want to understand research rather than the mathematical discipline of Statistics. The package enables these students to approach more traditional teaching with increased confidence.
The software will run happily on any PC from Windows 95 up to Windows 7 (NT is still not recommended!).
We also have a Statistics glossary and a number of discussion pieces on our website which can be used free for teaching. We add to this frequently - most recently a piece on sample size - and if there is anything you would like us to cover, please let us know: