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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 220–221. Reviews the books, Basic Behavioral Statistics by Robert E. Gehring (see record 1979-20150-000); and Fundamental Statistics in Psychology and Education. 6th ed by J. P. Guilford and Benjamin Fruchter (1978); and Statistical Reasoning in Psychology and Education. 2nd ed by Edward W. Minium (1978). Here are three entries for the sizable market generated by the required or highly recommended status of the statistics course in the curricula of psychology and many other behavioral and social science fields. The attractive layout of the Minium text goes beyond the merely cosmetic. Guilford and Fruchter seem to include more topics and to give a more detailed treatment than do the other two books. Both Gehring and Minium preface their texts with a statement of their books' accessibility to students with only shaky ninth-grade arithmetic. The three books can also be compared by checking their treatment of topics that seem especially troublesome for undergraduates and by looking for the kinds of aids available to students. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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