Developing Thinking in Statistics (Published in association by John Mason, Alan Graham, Sue Johnston-Wilder

By John Mason, Alan Graham, Sue Johnston-Wilder

Designed to intensify wisdom of statistical principles, this entire and research-based textual content explores 4 major topics: describing, evaluating, inter-relating, and uncertainty.

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Intuition covers a very wide range of aspects and a person’s ability to distinguish real from false smiles only taps in to one small part of one. So, you may already be alerted that care will need to be exercised when making any conclusions at the I stage of the investigation. Interestingly, before doing the experiment, Wiseman asked the participants to rate their intuitive abilities. Of the women, 77% rated themselves as highly intuitive, compared with 58% of the men. Stage A : Analyse the Data The data that resulted from this experiment took the form of over 15 000 scores, ranging from a minimum of 0 (no correct guesses) to a maximum of 10 (all guesses correct).

Throughout the rest of this book, you will be encouraged to apply this teaching strategy to your own learning and teaching. As you work with learners, you will be asked to use telling tales with them and invite them to think up some of their own. One example in this chapter was the (true) story of Aunt Betty. 1 Aunt Betty C Without looking back to the text, try to remember the story of Aunt Betty, so that you have a picture of her and her circumstances. Then make a note of the statistical point that this story helped to make.

His advice to users who were unhappy with having to deal with badly designed tables was to ‘send incomprehensible data back to its maker with constructive comments, since it is easier for the analyst to rearrange the figures than for every potential user to try to make sense of them’ (p. 70). 3. 3 Re-laying the Table The data on which Ehrenberg demonstrated his principles were fictitious. 5 is a table of real-world contemporary data, the layout of which leaves something to be desired. Apply as many of Ehrenberg’s principles as seem appropriate (or any other ideas of your own) to improve the table’s presentation.

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