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Activity Number: 489
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #319432
Title: Evaluating Some Popular Introductory Applied Statistics Textbooks: What We Like About Them and What We Would Like Them to Do Differently
Author(s): Katherine T. Halvorsen* and Dexter C. Whittinghill, III* and Philip Yates* and André Michelle Lubecke*
Companies: Smith College and Rowan University and Saint Michael's College and Lander University
Keywords: Book Reviews ; Exercises ; Statistical Software ; Techniques ; Technology ; Topics

In this session, each panelist will respond to the following two questions for two popular textbooks and their supplements: What do you like about this textbook? What would you like this textbook to do differently? To answer these questions, each panelist will present ordered lists of 10 items, two for each textbook. By these critiques of eight different textbooks, the panelists will give their opinions on all aspects of the introductory applied statistics course. Hence, they will discuss topics (content), techniques (delivery), and technology (statistical software, datasets, course management software, applets, etc.). There will be ample time for audience participation at the end of the session. Based on a past extremely popular JSM session for introductory business and economics textbooks, this session should appeal to a large number of attendees, including instructors, authors, and publishers. It should also lead to improvements in these and other introductory applied statistics textbooks, which have an extraordinary influence on how statistics is initially presented to an increasingly large number of students.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

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