Life Sciences Educational Computing 
I have struggled for almost a decade to present statistical techniques
to undergraduate students of biology without causing them to be
intimidated by their own fear of numbers and formulae and without
raising in them a suspicion that all data analysis is akin to necromancy,
and is just as impenetrable. In aid of my cause, this is an outstanding
package. Most importantly, the basic statistical lore that it seeks
to impart is simple, sensible, and clearly presented in a way that
the novice can understand. 
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James Cresswell
School of Biological Sciences
University of Exeter 

UniServe Science News 
This is an excellent learning tool, with clear explanations,
wellchosen examples, memorable graphics and interactive exercises
designed to help students understand the basic concepts taught
in introductory statistics. Sandy MacRae, the developer, has also
expertly targeted common misconceptions and difficulties that
befuddle students. Some of the many high points include: the interactive
section on graphing data; comprehensive treatment of correlation
(including Relatedness not equality); an integrated approach to
distributiondependent and corresponding distributionfree tests;
and a simple, nonmathematical treatment of standard error. 
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Julie Hansen
School of Psychology & Counselling
Queensland University of Technology 

CTI Psychology Software News 
Usually, any package this size is a mixture of good
(that's the way I would have done it) and bad (that's not the way
I would have done it). I think this package transcends this normal
method of classification. Sure, there are things here that I wouldn't
have included and some things that I think are missing, and some
things that I wouldn't have done that way. But it's pervasively
clear that it has been produced by someone who really understands
statistics, has spent years teaching it and years working with computers,
and who knows what students need to grasp and what they find difficult. 
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Mike Harris
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham 

ATP Newsletter 
This software has been meticulously designed and applies some very sound principles of how students learn. It was developed over several years and great attention was paid to the kind of detail that can make all the difference to whether it works as a tool for teaching, learning and monitoring of progress. In my view this was time well spent because the endproduct is highly interactive and lighthearted yet sufficiently challenging to be useful for students on degree courses, as well as those studying at Alevel. I am quite sure that many teachers who fear the statistics sections of the psychology course would find this to be a great confidencebooster. 
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Dorothy Coombs
Prior Pursglove College
Guisborough 

UniServe Science News 
In summary, except for some minor opportunities
for improvement, I found this CDROM to be a pleasure to review
and I would expect most students to find it a most welcome addition
to the texts it accompanies. 
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Barry Richardson
Psychology Department
Monash University 

MSOR Connections 
Introduction to Statistics is a useful tool in supplementing more traditional teaching methods for learning statistics. It could help develop a broad understanding of how concepts work and alter with different sets of data. For students, it provides an attractive, interactive and supported learning environment which could be used as a reference 'text' throughout a course. For tutors, it provides some useful demonstration materials for use in front of a class or group as well as a way of managing and monitoring the individual learning needs of a large group of students. Used alongside real data and real application, this package would enhance many introductions to the use of statistics. 
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Liz Gibson
Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education
Nottingham Trent University 

Schoolzone Resource Reviews 
Student Response
Both groups of students responded very positively to Introduction to Statistics. The program used in conjunction with a data projector provided a very powerful introduction to the Normal curve. The animations provoked much useful discussion. The students felt that the screens demonstrating the symmetrical nature of the Normal curve and the need for standardised scores were particularly helpful to them.
Introduction to Statistics provided a clear introduction to correlation for year 12. The program deals effectively with a number of common misconceptions in this section. It was felt that the program clarified the difference between association and causation and that it demonstrated clearly the appropriate correlation coefficient to use in given circumstances. Year 12 also felt that the program provided a useful recap on the properties of the Normal curve. 
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Valerie Sheehan
Parttime teacher of mathematics 
