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Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered


reviewed by Lawrence Kemper August 10, 2006

coverTitle: Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered
Author(s): Gerald W. Bracey
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325008582, Pages: 174, Year: 2006
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Gerald W. Bracey is a familiar name to readers of the Kappan magazine. His monthly column is a must read for those responsible for research and data analysis. His examination of high profile research reports and their interpretation by the media and critics of public education is less a defense of schools than a defense of appropriate methodology. In his new book, Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered, Bracey takes on the role of teacher in addition to that of an acerbic critic. The book presents 32 principles of data interpretation, each representing sound advice to users and interpreters of research. Principles range from items such as, “Do not confuse statistical significance with practical significance,” (p. 71) to “Make certain you know what statistic is being used when someone is talking about the average.” (p. 45).   Bracey weaves these and the other principles throughout the four chapters, tutoring... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 10, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12655, Date Accessed: 10/15/2018 6:27:59 PM

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  • Lawrence Kemper
    University of La Verne
    LAWRENCE KEMPER is a professor of Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. He is the co-author of a book entitled (tentatively), The Politically Intelligent Leader (accepted for publication by Rowan-Littlefield, 2006); and the co-editor, of The Essence of Leadership (2002). He is presently working on a book examining historical leadership.
 
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