Author’s Reflections on Making Sense of Numbers: Quantitative Reasoning for Social Research

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Abstract

This article introduces and provides an excerpt from Making Sense of Numbers: Quantitative Reasoning for Social Research, published by Sage. The book explains and illustrates how making sense of numbers involves integrating concepts and skills from mathematics, statistics, study design, and communications, along with information about the specific topic and context under study. It teaches how to avoid making common errors of logic, calculation, and interpretation by introducing a systematic approach and a healthy dose of skepticism to understanding and applying numbers to social research and everyday tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
JournalNumeracy
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)

Keywords

  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Research methods
  • Statistics

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