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Senior Seminar in Childhood Studies: Children and Play: Find Data & Statistics

This guide supports Dr. Daniel Cook's section of Senior Seminar in Childhood Studies in Spring 2019.

Data vs. Statistics

Data is individual pieces of factual information recorded and used for the purpose of analysis. It is the raw information from which statistics are created.

Statistics are the results of data analysis - its interpretation and presentation. In other words some computation has taken place that provides some understanding of what the data means. Statistics are often, though they don’t have to be, presented in the form of a table, chart, or graph. 

Albertson, A., Joslin, R., Hilleman, B. "What Is Research Data?" LibGuides @ MacalesterMacalester College, 2017. 

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