Statistics for Humanities
For students of Archaeology, Area Studies, Classics, English, Film, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy and Religious StudiesNote:A PDF version of the book is now available at the main http://www.statisticsforhumanities.net website. I probably won't do much to this wikimedia version of the website unless there is demand and help available.John (talk) 14:29, 15 July 2014 (BST) Statistics for the Humanities is a free open access online book aimed at university students who are new to statistics, especially students studying humanities subjects. This site is still under development. Although the website has been written in wiki markup, the previous version was written in LaTeX. Over the next few months I intend to tidy it up and add further features and materials. Comments/ corrections can be emailed to j.canning[at]brighton.ac.uk. If you would like to help/ contribute, please email me for a login. John Canning, 16:44, 14 October 2013 (UTC).


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AboutStatistics for Humanities was developed by John Canning, Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Brighton. It was mostly written when he was Senior Academic Coordinator at the LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies at the University of Southampton. The work was funded through a British Academy grant.
Just 15% of students in England study mathematics beyond GCSE level. However, many of this nonmathematics studying majority find that they need for mathematical skills for the advanced study of other subjects, including humanities and social science subjects at school or university or in their job. As a recent report into the teaching of mathematics noted, this is not a new problem, but there has been a significant increase in mathematical requirement for jobs. Without mathematical, and in particular statistical skills whole areas of the social sciences and humanities are inaccessible to research students and future academics. With a few exceptions statistics rarely forms part of the humanities curriculum.




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