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Computer Sciences School Professor Publishes Book on Statistics

Steve Terrell, Ph.D.

Steve Terrell, Ph.D., professor at NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS), has published a book entitled Statistics Translated: A Step-by-Step Guide to Analyzing and Interpreting Data.

The book is written in a humorous and encouraging style, and demonstrates how the most common statistical tools can be used to answer interesting real-world questions, presented as mysteries to be solved. Terrell uses engaging research examples to lead the reader through a series of six steps, from identifying a researchable problem to stating a hypothesis, identifying independent and dependent variables, and selecting and interpreting an appropriate statistical test. The book provides students and others who may need to read and interpret statistics-based research with the essential knowledge and skills needed to make decisions based on data.

Terrell has been with GSCIS since 1988 and teaches quantitative methods, qualitative research, and learning theory to students in the “technology in education and information systems” doctoral programs. He is also the author of over 100 conference presentations, book chapters, and journal articles primarily focusing on student motivation and the use of technology in the classroom. His current research interests include the investigation of attrition from distance-based graduate programs.