With Reading Education Research, nimble-minded number cruncher and award-winning researcher Gerald Bracey takes your hand and walks you through the process of figuring out the meaning behind the figures. You don't need to be a math whiz to follow Bracey because he writes with clarity and humor, explicitly defining statistical terminology in easy-to-understand language and even offering you thirty-two specific principles for assessing the quality of research as you read it.
Reading Education Research includes four major themes that every classroom teacher will find helpful as they read research and talk about it with colleagues, parents, or administrators, including:
- understanding data and how it is used—and misused
- uncovering how variables are used in the construction of scientifically based research—and manipulated in politically motivated research
- drawing conclusions about a study and deciding whether the data presented is meaningful
- assessing the data that comes from standardized testing.
Don't be numbed by the numbers or get hung up on histograms. Before you read another piece of educational research, get Reading Education Research
and let Gerald Bracey guide you to a firm understanding of the story behind the stats.