Statistics for K-8 Educators  book cover
1st Edition

Statistics for K-8 Educators

ISBN 9780415899895
Published July 26, 2012 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics tailored to the teaching and research needs of K-8 educators. Using statistics to tell a story, veteran teacher educator Robert Rosenfeld pushes readers away from simply performing a calculation to truly understanding the statistical concepts themselves. In addition to helping educators develop this statistical habit of mind, Rosenfeld also focuses on developing an understanding of the statistics in published research and on interpreting school data, which can be applied in school assessment and educational research.

Features of this must-read resource include:

  • Numerous exercises and activities throughout that are related specifically to the world of educators and are designed to foster conversation and small group discussion.

  • Connections drawn between statistics and the regular mathematics curriculum to aid teachers who do classroom-based action research.

  • A section covering the basic concepts of standardized tests, such as summative versus formative assessment, and standards-based versus norm-referenced tests.

Accessibly written and conversational in tone, Statistics for K-8 Eductors provides the technical foundation to help teachers make good sense of quantitative information connected to their classrooms and to their schools.

Table of Contents

1. Shapes of Distributions  2. Percentages  3. Averages  4. Splitting a Distribution of Numbers into Equal Parts  5. Measuring Variability  6. Placement of Individuals in a Group  7. The Normal Curve  8. Correlation  9. Probability  10. Inference and Margin of Error  11. Confidence Intervals  12. Statistical Significance  13. Assessment  14. Design of Studies  15. Hypothesis Tests  16. Regression

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Robert Rosenfeld is Co-Director for Statistics and School-Based Research at the Vermont Mathematics Initiative, University of Vermont, and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics at Nassau Community College.