Social Science Statistics

Review Overview

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Social Sciences Statistics: A Resource for Advanced Math

Summary : Helping to Make Statistics Accessible

The Social Science Statistics webpage provides users with calculators and support for analyzing quantitative data sets. From the website’s main page, users can click the “Statistical Calculators” button to access a group of calculators used for significance tests, tests of correlation, effect size, and confidence intervals. Users can click a calculator from this page, and the website will load it. Users then must enter the data, and the calculator will perform the operation and provide users with the statistical data.

The “Test Yourself Quiz” option presents statistics questions to users, though it does not provide a correct answer. The “Which Statistics Test?” option presents users with a series of questions about the type of statistics work they will be doing, and after answering the questions, it provides users with a suggestion for which calculator to use. The “Descriptive Statistics” and “P Value Calculators” options provide background information about this type of statistics and its functions before asking users to input data that the website will then calculate.

Instructional Ideas for Social Science Statistics

1. After students have learned to make statistical calculations by hand, teachers can introduce students to this website and demonstrate how to use the calculators.
2. Teachers can give students a word problem that requires statistical analysis to solve. Next, students can read the word problem, choose the correct calculator from this website, and solve the word problem. In addition to solving the word problem, students can write a brief rationale that explains how they concluded which calculator to use and share it using Notebook Cast.
3. As a review, teachers can pair students together and go to the “Test Yourself Quizzes” option. They can next download a quiz question and work to solve it together. Once completed, the pair can share their question and solution with another pair. Afterwards, the other pair can share their question and solution as well. When complete, the two pairs can download another question and repeat the process.
4. When presented with a data set, students who need additional support can use the “Which Statistics Test?” option to help them choose which calculator to use. Once decided, students can work to solve the question.
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