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Hendrix Professors Collaborate on Statistics Study Guide

CONWAY, Ark. (October 5, 2018) – Three Hendrix College psychology professors have collaborated to write an online study guide as a companion to the new edition of a statistics textbook by a fourth colleague, Dr. Chris Spatz ’62, professor emeritus of psychology.

The Study Guide for Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions (12th edition) is available for purchase in six-month access increments.

Its authors — Dr. Lindsay Kennedy, Dr. Jennifer Peszka, and Dr. Leslie Zorwick — have 38 combined years of experience teaching undergraduate statistics using Exploring Statistics, and have focused extra attention on the topics that tend to challenge students the most.

“All of us love teaching statistics,” said Kennedy, the Nancy and Craig Wood Odyssey Associate Professor of Psychology. “We set out to create a really approachable resource for students that would help them to learn statistics by focusing on places where we know students struggle, and explaining the material much like we would explain it if they came to our offices.”

“One of the best things students of statistics can do is to practice applying what they know to new questions,” said Zorwick, the Margaret Berry Hutton Odyssey Associate Professor of Psychology. “That’s why we included plenty of practice materials in this study guide, to complement what students are learning in their class and in the textbook.”

Spatz’s textbook has long been praised as intuitive and easy to navigate, and is used by numerous undergraduate psychology departments across the country. The 12th edition of Exploring Statistics acknowledges that the practice of statistics is in a state of transition, while remaining grounded in the well-tested foundation of the previous editions.

“We wanted to build on the solid approach Chris has taken,” said Peszka, the Charles Prentiss Hough Odyssey Professor of Psychology. “By spending additional time on difficult topics in an online, mobile-friendly format, we hope this guide will help students learn the material more easily.”

The study guide is available for purchase at

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