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For algebra-based Introductory Statistics Courses. The overarching goal of
this text is to empower students to be statistical thinkers Alan Agresti and
Chris Franklin have merged their research expertise, as well as their extensive
real-world and teaching experience, to develop a new introductory statistics
text that makes students statistically literate, while encouraging them to ask
and answer interesting statistical questions. The authors have successfully
crafted a text that takes the ideas that have turned statistics into a central
science in modern life and makes them accessible and engaging to students
without compromising necessary rigor. The varied and data-rich examples and
exercises place heavy emphasis on thinking about and understanding statistical
concepts. The applications are topical and current and successfully illustrate
the relevance of statistics. The authors understand that most of the real-world
data that students encounter outside the class room are categorical data.
Unlike many texts at this level, Agresti/Franklin incorporates categorical data
where appropriate and draws distinctions between theory and practical
application of statistical ideas and methods. The text was written, from the
ground up, to embrace and support the 6 recommendations of the ASA endorsed
GAISE (Guidelines for Assessment for Instruction in Statistical Education)
Report - http://www.amstat.org/education/gaise/GAISECollege.htm: *Emphasize
statistical literacy and develop statistical thinking.*Use real data.*Stress
conceptual understanding rather than mere knowledge of procedures.*Foster
active learning in the classroom.*Use technology for developing concepts and
analyzing data.*Use assessment to evaluate and improve student learning. Comes
with a CD containing data sets, additional activities, and applets. The CD with
the IE, furthermore, includes Instructor-to-Instructor videos which further
detail, by chapter, the authors approach and provides suggestions on how to
present concepts. These Instructor-to-Instructor videos are very complimentary
to the IE chapter introductions.