Using Statistics for the Terrified as a teaching resource in Universities and Colleges

A good teacher with plenty of time is always the best solution. Currently, however, teachers have to deal with more and more students in less and less time, and the more high-quality resources they can employ in their teaching, the better the results will be.

Teaching statistics is a problem. It is a mathematical discipline, and it is seen as such; but at the same time it is an essential research tool in even the most non-mathematical disciplines. Unfortunately the traditional courses are based on the mathematical foundations of statistics, and all too often students are shocked and dismayed by this. They hate it because they feel unequal to the maths content - and the teachers hate it because they don't want to have to teach maths. They want to teach their own subject and the maths is getting in the way.

Statistics for the Terrified is a non-mathematical course designed to provide students with a fundamental grasp of the principles underlying statistics and statistical analysis, so that they can carry out any research projects and critical appraisal required of them, and approach other materials (such as textbooks) with increased confidence.

  • A non-mathematical but accurate course
  • Developed by a statistics teacher
  • Teaches through pattern recognition and simple logic
  • Straightforward language, introducing statistical terms gradually
  • Data and targets generated randomly for exercises: different every time
  • Can be used for demonstration in the classroom (see below) and for private study
  • Example data drawn from a variety of disciplines: no specialist knowledge required
  • Ideal for teaching critical appraisal and research skills
  • Easy to navigate
  • Supported by an integral glossary
  • Develops the confidence to engage with more traditional resources

    Statistics for the Terrified reformulates the presentation of ideas away from the traditional mathematical approach and into straightforward puzzles and pattern recognition. Pattern recognition is our most basic and most practised learning skill, which we have been using since childhood. The mathematical baggage is put to one side, so that there are few prerequisites.

    By providing the foundations of statistical understanding in a resource which can be accessed outside contact time, the teacher doesn't have to explain the mathematics, and is able to concentrate instead on the applications of statistics in their own field. Statistics for the Terrified is good for the teacher because it makes the student want to learn: it is interactive, immediate, fun and yet sophisticated. It provides a sense of real achievement and a true understanding of the mechanisms of research.

    As well as its suitability for the standard undergraduate statistics course taken as part of another subject degree, this tutorial is ideal for those teaching students who require critical appraisal or research skills, and will also enable those undertaking research projects to select the most appropriate tests and techniques. Should they need to understand more sophisticated statistics, they will have gained insight which will carry them forward.

    To see how Statistics for the Terrified can be used in the classroom, click here

    Pricing for annual licenses

    For UK and EU purchasers
    Price (incl. VAT) ... No of users
    £120.00 ... 5
    £358.80 ... 25
    £10.00 ... Each additional user up to 50
    £5.00 ... Each additional user above 50
    £1,200.00 ... Faculty license - unlimited numbers within the faculty
    £2,400.00 ... Site license - unlimited numbers within the institution

    For US and Worldwide purchasers
    Price (incl. tax) ... No of users
    $149.83 ... 5
    $488.00 ... 25
    $15.30 ... Each additional user up to 50
    $7.65 ... Each additional user above 50
    $1,500.00 ... Faculty license - unlimited numbers within the faculty
    $3,000.00 ... Site license - unlimited numbers within the institution

  •   Statistics for the Terrified

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    Statistics for the Terrified is a tutorial which provides a thorough grounding in basic statistics for the non- mathematician, using straightforward english and commonsense explanations.
    It assumes that you have no prior knowledge, and will guide you through
    from first principles, demonstrating
    what Statistics is, what it does, and
    some common mistakes. It will enable
    users to read and understand statistics quoted in published articles, and can be used as a refresher and a reference manual for professionals who use
    Statistics in their work. The course is widely used in colleges and universities, and in commercial organisations.

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    "I have been using Statistics for the Terrified now for the last few years and for those students that use it it has been a transformation. The interactive nature, plenty of visual examples and clear and straightforward explanations of the basic concepts behind probability, data distributions, measures of central tendency and spread and common statistical tests means, first that they don't have to listen to me droning on, second the independent nature of the experience increases both life long and deeper learning and lastly provides me with an initial direction in which to send them when they ask me questions."

    David Newell, AECC

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