Comprehending Behavioral Statistics (with CD)

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9780534601027: Comprehending Behavioral Statistics (with CD)

Hurlburt's text offers an innovative approach to teaching and understanding statistics. Many students consider statistics their most intimidating subject, but Hurlburt uses a variety of learner-friendly approaches to help students to think clearly and confidently about statistical concepts. Students find his writing style inviting and clear; faculty find it exceptionally accurate and up to date. He provides a complete set of interactive audio/visual lectures (called "lectlets") to engage students who find that hearing enhances their comprehension. Hurlburt deftly employs repetition and a progressive, cumulative integration of concepts, so students build upon what they learn as they progress through the course. Hurlburt's unique "eyeball-estimation techniques," which garnered high praise in previous editions, helps students gain experience in making educated guesses! New to this edition, COMPREHENDING BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS, THIRD EDTION, includes a FREE Personal Trainer CD--This hands-on CD contains 43 interactive audio/visual lectures (called "lectlets") covering all the concepts in the text. Students use the lectlets to prepare for class, to clarify concepts they didn't understand in class, to substitute for a missed class, and to review for exams. The FREE Personal Trainer also includes ESTAT, Hurlburt's unique eyeball-estimation software, which enables students to make an educated guess about the magnitude of a statistic without the use of a calculator or statistical tables. ESTAT includes datagen, the easiest-to-use statistical computational software. The Personal Trainer CD also includes interactive electronic review and multiple choice quizzes. The Personal Trainer CD is a dynamic and useful "after-class tutor" for any student struggling with statistics.

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About the Author:

Russell T. Hurlburt, Ph.D. has been at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1976. Prior to arriving at UNLV, he completed a clinical psychology internship at Connecticut's Newtown State Hospital. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota after a B.S. in engineering from Princeton. Hurlburt's areas of interest include the teaching of introductory statistics: Dr. Hurlburt has developed "eyeball estimation" techniques for comprehending the concepts of statistics, and he's incorporated them into his textbooks and computer-aided instructional programs. His clinical psychology and engineering backgrounds make him ideally situated to write about introductory statistics with accuracy and sensitivity. Dr. Hurlburt is also one of the pioneers of "thought sampling," the use of beepers to trigger the random sampling of thoughts and feelings in participants' own natural environments. He is the originator of the "descriptive experience sampling method," which provides qualitative, idiographic descriptions of inner experience.

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"The "Personal Trainer" CD ROM is a wonderful addition that will allow the professor to extend the walls of the classroom by engaging students outside of class. The interactive quizzes, lectlets, and resources are my favorite features."

"Features like Connections, Homework Tips, Cumulative Review and of course Eyeball Estimation illustrate Hurlburt's attention to student learning and help to distinguish the text from other, comparable texts. The writing style is clear, student-oriented, and obviously meant to be read. Many statistics books are simply transitions between formulas, but Hurlburt does a nice job of maintaining the big picture. I've never found another book that is simultaneously conceptual and practical, while maintaining crystal clarity."

"It (The Personal Trainer CD) allows students to have active, hands-on experience with numbers, distributions and concepts. This can be an extremely helpful tool for teaching statistics."

"I definitely consider CBS Personal Trainer a valuable tool! What a wonderful addition to the text. Students will love this, and my suspicion is that their understanding of statistics will be vastly greater with the various tools provided in the CBS Personal Trainer."

"Hurlburt's text is, without question, the single best textbook for introductory statistics on the market. There are many things that make Hurlburt's textbook special. Most important is the clarity of organization and especially of the writing. Students (and I!) appreciate this. Another key feature that sets Hurlburt's book apart from all others is the focus on eyeball estimation. And now with the addition of CBS Personal Trainer, the selection of an introductory statistics book is truly a "no brainer." This is the best package out there, hands down."

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