1. Teach statistical thinking. The authors focus on formulating questions, collecting and finding data, evaluating the quality of data, exploring the relationships among variables, performing statistical analyses, and drawing conclusions.

2. Focus on conceptual understanding. The methods presented on real sets of data provide students with an excellent understanding of statistical concepts, homing in on the input and the output for a statistical analysis.

3. Integrate real data with a context and a purpose. The authors' inclusion of real data, rather than artificial data chosen to illustrate a calculation, serves to motivate students and help them see the usefulness of statistics in everyday life.

4. Foster active learning in the classroom. Statistics is presented as something to do rather than something to talk about, and throughout the text students perform some relatively simple tasks that reinforce the material just presented.

5. Use technology for developing concepts and analyzing data. The authors capitalize on software to concentrate efforts on the big picture: what questions are we trying to address with a study and what can we conclude from our analysis?

6. Use assessments to improve and evaluate student learning. Students using IPS will be well prepared to undertake projects, oral presentations, article critiques, and written reports.