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Re: st: A Word to Future Authors


From   Sergio Correia <sergio.correia@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: A Word to Future Authors
Date   Wed, 10 Aug 2005 10:40:00 -0500

One question Raphael,

What course is that, and what is the master about? I'm preparing a
course where we teach some Stata, intended for advanced undergrad
students with major in economics. So I'm wondering if it would be more
efficient to start a wikibook, or something in that sense, where
everyone could share its own exercises.

Sergio Correia

On 8/10/05, Raphael Fraser <raphael.fraser@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Authors of Stata Books,
> 
> I have a complaint about introductory Stata books. Recently, I have
> been searching for  "intro to Stata" books to teach masters level
> students how to use Stata. Of the two intro books at Stata's book
> store none had EXERCISES to reinforce concepts. Why should I buy a
> book and create my own exercises? I feel cheated. While these books
> meet the objective of 'illustrating' how to use some commands they
> fail to reinforce concepts. Have anyone ever seen a statistics text
> book without problems at the end of each chapter? Why is that? Because
> Statistics authors know that their students will never fully
> understand certain concepts until they attempt to solve problems
> themselves. Why should Stata's intro books be different? If authors
> are serious about Stata then there must be problems at the end of each
> chapter. We all know that seeing something done is not enough.
> Students will never learn Stata until they actually attempt some task
> in Stata.
> 
> 
> Regards,
> Raphael
> 
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