Unique Features

This book is different in five respects from other books having the same purpose and target populations. This book truly stands in a class by itself in terms of:

The Use of Excerpts

A total of 674 of excerpts--passages of text, tables, and figures--have been reproduced from recently published journal articles. An average of 32 excerpts per chapter are prominently displayed in boxes throughout the book. Of the 674 excerpts, only 34 came from the 2nd edition. These excerpts bring journal article content directly to the reader, thereby making the rest of the book come alive. No other book provides its readers with this vast array of authentic material.

(Click here to see two examples of excerpts.)

Where the Excerpts Came From

The 674 excerpts were drawn from 223 different journals, representing a highly diverse set of disciplines. To be more specific, the excerpts came from research journals in these fields of study:

Education Psychology Children/Families
Business Nursing Sociology
Sports/Exercise Medicine Communication
Gerontology Epidemiology Hard Sciences
Alcohol/Violence Gender Issues Miscellaneous

(Click here for the names of journals supplying the excerpts.)

The In-Depth Discussion of Hypothesis Testing

More pages (by far!) are devoted to hypothesis testing than is the case in any other statistics book. This treatment covers the steps, logic, and misuse of this popular form of inferential statistics. Chapters 7, 8, and 9 (spanning pages 161-253) deal with this highly important topic.

(Click here to see a list of the concepts and issues discussed in Chapters 7, 8, and 9.)

The Distinction Drawn Between "Statistical Significance" and "Practical Significance"

Throughout a large portion of the book, attention is drawn to the critically important distinction between "statistical significance" and "practical significance." This was done because many researchers get results that are meaningless despite being statistically significance. Readers are warned here (more than in any other book) that a "p<.05" result does not necessarily mean the same thing as "important." The distinction between "beyond chance" and "noteworthy" is discussed generally in Chapter 8 and in 12 other places when specific statistical tests are considered.

(Click here to see two examples where this distinction is discussed.)

The Author's On-Line Availability to Readers

A highly unique feature of this book is the author's desire to hear from and to help those people (students, teachers, and independent researchers) who are using READING STATISTICS AND RESEARCH.

(Click here for information on how to contact the author.)

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Schuyler W. Huck
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