By Lisa Dierker (ldierker "at" wesleyan "dot" edu)
This week’s resource is the Passion Driven Statistics e-book. The foreword from the book is copied below to provide a basic introduction to the text:
“Statistical data analysis is central to research in the natural and social sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is essential for scientific findings to be regarded as meaningful. In many ways, statistics is the shared language of the sciences. A solid understanding of how statistical methods are employed and reported is essential for communication both within and across disciplines.
This Passion-Driven Statistics e-book includes a step-by-step curriculum for answering questions with data. It is designed for students at all levels of experience, including complete beginners. You will use existing data to pose research questions, and you will learn a statistical software platform to answer those questions by turning raw data into useful information.
Passion-Driven Statistics “flips” the traditional course format. Rather than attending class sessions in order to listen to lectures, you will engage with online lectures as homework and use class time to work on a research project of your own design.
The e-book is broken into 15 chapters, each of which will provide a brief overview of what you have learned, a summary of the upcoming lesson, links to the video lessons, and a corresponding project assignment.”
The e-book is presented in .pdf format for ease of use across platforms. It can also be customized by downloading and editing the .iba file using the free “iBook Author” software.
The book is designed to work in a variety of settings (e.g., online course, camps, traditional classrooms) and teachers can customize the book for their specific setting and platform of choice, including R, Python, SAS, SPSS, and STATA. No experience with statistics is necessary for students to use this book. In addition to the many introductory statistics college courses that use the curriculum, it has also been used in high school data camps and as a segue for high schoolers entering their college freshman year.
Dierker, L. (2019). Passion-Driven Statistics. Passion-driven Statistics, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/Q4MQ9K