Experience is the teacher of all things, even for professors. If it had not been for Tom Quirk’s experience in the classroom other educators and students outside his classroom might not have the opportunity to learn from his new books.
According to Dr. Quirk, the inspiration from students in the classroom and information from years of perfecting lesson plans prompted the management professor to write Excel 2010 for Business Statistics: A Guide to Solving Practical Business Problems (Springer, 2011) and Excel 2010 for Educational and Psychological Statistics: A Guide to Solving Practical Problems (Springer 2012).
“ I have always used worksheets in my courses to explain concepts to students while asking them to solve business statistics problems,” Dr. Quirk says. “These worksheets have since been revised many times to develop more realistic business problems that would be interesting for students to solve using Excel.”
Dr. Quirk started researching and found sharing his work would help both students and educators. Before Excel 2010 for Business Statistics, the typical business statistics book totaled close to 900 pages with more information than could ever be covered in a one-year statistics course! What was needed was something new.
Springer will publish four more books by Dr. Quirk this year: Excel 2010 for Social Science Statistics, Excel 2007 for Social Science Statistics, Excel 2007 for Business Statistics, and Excel 2007 for Educational and Psychological Statistics.