Excel 2007 for Educational and Psychological Statistics
This is the first book to show the capabilities of Microsoft Excel to teach educational and psychological statistics effectively. It is a step-by-step exercise-driven guide for students and practitioners who need to master Excel to solve practical problems using statistics. If understanding statistics isn’t your strongest suit, you are not especially mathematically-inclined, or if you are wary of computers, this is the right book for you.
Excel, a widely available computer program for students and practitioners, is also an effective teaching and learning tool for quantitative analyses in courses in education and psychology. Its powerful computational ability and graphical functions make learning statistics much easier than in years past. However, Excel 2007 for Educational and Psychological Statistics: A Guide to Solving Practical Problems is the first book to capitalize on these improvements by teaching students and managers how to apply Excel to statistical techniques necessary in their courses and work.
Each chapter explains statistical formulas and directs the reader to use Excel commands to solve specific, easy-to-understand statistics problems. Practice problems are provided at the end of each chapter with their solutions in an appendix. Separately, there is a full Practice Test (with answers in an Appendix) that allows readers to test what they have learned.
Suitable for upper undergraduates or graduate studentsStatistical theory and formulas are explained in clear language without bogging you down in mathematical fine pointsYou will be told each step of the way, not only how to use Excel, but also why you are doing each step – so you can learn the techniques to apply Excel beyond this bookYou will learn both how to write statistical formulas and how to use drop-down menus to have Excel create formulas for youIncludes 163 color screen shots so you can be sure you are performing Excel steps correctlyEach chapter includes specific objectives for each concept so you know the purpose of the Excel steps Each chapter presents key steps needed to solve practical statistics problems using Excel. In addition, three practice problems at the end of each chapter enable you to test your new knowledge. Answers to these problems appear in Appendix APractical examples of problems are taken from both education and psychologyA “Practice Test” is given in Appendix B to test your knowledge at the end of the book. Answers appear in Appendix CThis book purposely does include a CD of Excel files. Instead, you’ll be shown how to create each Excel file yourself. In the workplace, your colleagues will not give you an Excel file. You will be expected to create your own. This book will give you ample practice in developing this important skillThis book is a tool that can be used either by itself or along with any good statistics book