Basic Statistical Methods in Education
What is Statistics? Basic statistical principles are actually quite simple
and can enhance anyone's critical thinking skills.
Without even realizing
it, you have probably made statistical statements in your everyday
conversation. Statements like "You are more likely to pass the exam if you
study" or "I sleep for about 6 hours per night on average". Opinion polls and
television ratings systems represent other uses of inferential statistics.
Because of the increasing use of statistics in so many areas of our
lives, it is important to understand and practice statistical thinking. This
knowledge is valuable even if you do not use statistical methods directly.