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With Reading Education Research, nimble-minded number cruncher and award-winning researcher Gerald Bracey takes your hand and walks you through the process of figuring out the meaning behind the figures. You don't need to be a math whiz to follow Bracey because he writes with clarity and humor, explicitly defining statistical terminology in easy-to-understand language and even offering you thirty-two specific principles for assessing the quality of research as you read it.
Reading Education Research includes four major themes that every classroom teacher will find helpful as they read research and talk about it with colleagues, parents, or administrators, including:
|1||Data, their uses, and their abuses||1|
|2||The nature of variables||36|
|3||Making inferences, finding relationships : statistical significance and correlation coefficients||68|
|4||Testing : a major source of data - and maybe child abuse||102|
I am a college teacher and I have read quite a lot of texts on research. This is not big on "how to conduct research" - but it is GREAT at breaking down and accurately interpreting data.
This book makes for some interesting conversations and touches on topics in education from testing to global differences and frequent misunderstandings of data such as how information can be lost when aggregated and comparisons of groups that are not similar...
Lots of current useful information that will still be current in 10 years as the same (sometimes wrong-headed) conclusions tend to get repeated and the same mistakes of interpretation happen year after year.
I highly recommend this book.