Archives – April 2014

April 28, 2014

Know Your Data: The Randomized Controlled Trial

Our last post in the “Know Your Data” series covers the gold standard in scientific research: randomized controlled trials. Randomized controlled trials got their modern start in medical research  but trace their origins to statistical thinking and theory. To perform…


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April 25, 2014

Know Your Data: The Quasi-Experiment

What is a quasi-experiment? A quasi-experiment is a type of study that can estimate the effect of something by comparing its influence on two groups made up of people who are similar but were not randomly assigned to the groups….


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April 23, 2014

Know Your Data: The Regression Analysis

What is a regression analysis? A regression analysis is a statistical tool used to identify relationships between variables. For example, if a researcher wanted to determine if there was a relationship with people with blue hair and a predisposition for…


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April 21, 2014

Do You Know Your Data?

“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything.”– Ronald Harry Coase, British economist and Nobel laureate Research and data can guide advancements in education and hasten their widespread adoption. By using appropriate, proven methods of research…


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April 14, 2014

Teacher Appreciation: Four Gifts that Go Beyond the Gift Card

Teaching is a difficult job. Teachers are the ultimate multi-taskers, routinely juggling the needs of students of all abilities and backgrounds, implementing new standards, managing the classroom, grading, and communicating with parents. No wonder this McKinsey study shows 14 percent…


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April 11, 2014

Why Every Student Needs to Master Mental Math

If you place a new piece of music in front of an accomplished professional musician, he or she likely will be able to play at least the main melody and harmony lines without a struggle. An experienced “sight reader” can…


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April 9, 2014

The New SAT and Algebra: What Every Parent Needs to Know

The College Board unveiled the  new SAT  at the SXSWedu conference last month. Optional essay, “real world” contexts, and no more esoteric vocabulary words — the changes are many. Test takers beginning in 2016 also will see a new math section that…


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April 8, 2014

Reasoning Mind Featured in Dallas Education Report

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has released its  Education Scorecard , a look at the progress made toward the organization’s 10-year  Community Goals , initially known as United 2020. Noting that education in North Texas is “trending up,” the…


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April 4, 2014

Welcome to the new ReasoningMind.org

Meet the new and improved ReasoningMind.org . With our rapid enrollment increase during the last five years, we had outgrown the old site. But that ends now. In addition to revamping our look, this website serves as an extension of…


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