Looking Critically at Statistics

As you use statistics in the classroom or read educational journals, it isimportant to remember that there may be some disadvantages to usingstatistics.

Statistics are limited by the accuracy of data. If inaccurate data are analyzed,then inaccurate statistics will result.

Statistics are only as reliable as thepeople who use them, and are of no use if one does not understand how tointerpret them.

It is critical to aware of the sources of the data generated, and the typeof statistic used to analyze the data. Without this information the resultspresented may be meaningless

This section will give you a start at looking criticallyat statistics and experimental design.