The implications of statistics for designing the simple experiment

Table 10.4 and Handout 10.5 provide an excellent springboard for discussing the implications of statistics on designing a study. After talking about these tables, students should appreciate the fact that they need to understand key statistical issues (or at least see a stat consultant) before conducting a study.

One demonstration/activity that might help them understand the value of considering statistics before doing research is to ask them how many participants they think they would need and then have them use the calculator on this website to see how many they would actually need.

 


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