Advanced Educational Statistics – EDUC 812

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course involves an examination of descriptive statistics and basic inferential statistical techniques. Hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, analysis of variance, correlation techniques and nonparametric statistical methods will be discussed.

Prerequisites

Background Check Receipt with a score of 5

Rationale

This course is designed to help educators learn how to perform statistical tests in SPSS, interpret, and then report the results using correct APA format. This is an 800 level doctoral course and is not intended to teach basic statistics. It is assumed that students have taken basic courses in statistics during their undergraduate and master’s programs. At the conclusion, the candidate should be able to write-up a result section to a quantitative dissertation. The focus will be to help students select the correct statistical test, run assumptions test, reject or fail to reject the nulls, and apply what they have learned in actual practice.

To maximize learning, it is advised that the student begins each week by reading the Warner textbook chapter(s) and then completing the corresponding SPSS tutorial. Using the tutorial as a guide, the student will then complete a results section write-up using APA reporting procedures. Finally, at the end of the week the student should re-read the Warner textbook and then take the weekly quiz. The weekly quiz will be used to evaluate individual understanding of the content and basic theory underlining each statistical analysis.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Explain basic research terms, the process by which research design informs the choice of statistical procedure, and the way in which questions and hypotheses should reflect a chosen design and statistical procedure.
  2. Define basic statistical terms including normal and non-normal distributions of data, measures of central tendency (i.e. mean, median, and mode), variability (i.e. range, variances, standard deviations, and the standard error of the mean), levels of measurement, and probability.
  3. Use SPSS to calculate and interpret descriptive statistics, to explore data and solve statistical problems, and to communicate statistical results in accordance with current APA style.
  4. Describe statistical hypothesis testing, including rejecting and failing to reject the null hypothesis.
  5. Define Type I and Type II errors in statistical decision-making, the power of a statistical procedure, and the maximizing of power.
  6. Describe the factors that inform the choice of a statistical procedure, choosing appropriate statistical procedures to solve educational research problems.
  7. Describe the logic of selected statistical procedures.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings

The candidate will complete assigned readings from course texts and course documents.

Course Requirements Checklist (CRC)

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1

Discussion Board Forum

The candidate will complete the Discussion Board Forum in two parts: 1) the posting of a thread in response to the stated prompt and 2) the posting of at least two replies to peers’ threads. All posts must be in current APA format and include citations and references. (MLO: A, C, D, F, G)

Textbook Quizzes (7)

The candidate will take 6 open-book quizzes covering the assigned Warner textbook readings and exercises. Each quiz will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions (two points each). The candidate will have 2 hours to complete each quiz. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F, G)

Write-Ups (6)

The student will write-up a Findings Section to a case study provided by the instructor. The write-ups will relate directly to your weekly readings and activities. Using a given scenario and dataset, the student will complete the write-up and turn it into Bb. (MLO: C, F, G)