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A Guide to Doing Statistics in Second Language Research Using SPSS and R

2nd Edition

By Jenifer Larson-Hall


528 pages | 200 B/W Illus.

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A Guide to Doing Statistics in Second Language Research Using SPSS and R, Second Edition is the only text available that demonstrates how to use SPSS and R as specifically related to applied linguistics and SLA research. This new edition is up-to-date with the most recent version of the SPSS software and now also includes coverage of R, a software program increasingly used by researchers in this field. Supported by a number of pedagogical features, including tip boxes and practice activities, and a wealth of screenshots, this book takes readers through each step of performing and understanding statistical research, covering the most commonly used tests in second language research, including t-tests, correlation, and ANOVA. A robust accompanying website covers additional tests of interest to students and researchers, taking them step-by-step through carrying out these tests themselves. In this comprehensive and hands-on volume, Jenifer Larson-Hall equips readers with a thorough understanding and the practical skills necessary to conducting and interpreting statisical research effectively using SPSS and R, ideal for graduate students and researchers in SLA, social sciences, and applied lingustics.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Statistical Ideas 1. Getting Started with the Software and Using the Computer for Experimental Details 2. Some Preliminaries to Understanding Statistics 3. Describing Data Numerically and Graphically and Assessing Assumptions for Parametric Tests 4. Changing the Way We Do Statistics: The New Statistics Part II: Statistical Tests 5. Choosing a Statistical Test 6. Finding Relationships Using Correlation: Age of Learning 7. Looking for Groups of Explanatory Variables through Multiple Regression: Predicting Important Factors in First-Grade Reading 8. Looking for Differences between Two Means with T-Tests: Think-Aloud Methodology and Teaching Sarcasm 9. Looking for Group Differences with a One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA): Effects of Planning Time 10. Looking for Group Differences with Factorial Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) When There is More than One Independent Variable: Learning with Music 11. Looking for Group Differences when the Same People Are Tested More than Once: Repeated-Measures ANOVA with Wug Tests and Instruction on French Gender Appendix: Donig Things in R Glossary Bibliography

About the Author

Jenifer Larson-Hall is Lecturer of Second Language Acquisition and English as a Second Language at Fukuoka JoGakuin University.

About the Series

Second Language Acquisition Research Series

The Second Language Acquisition Research series presents and explores issues bearing directly on theory construction and/or research methods in the study of second language acquisition. Its titles (both authored and edited volumes) provide thorough and timely overviews of high-interest topics, and include key discussions of existing research findings and their implications. A special emphasis of the series is reflected in the monographs dealing with specific data collection methods or instruments.  Each of these monographs addresses the kinds of research questions for which the method/instrument is best suited, offers extended description of its use, and outlines the problems associated with its use. The volumes in this series will be invaluable to students and scholars alike, and perfect for use in courses on research methodology and in individual research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Statistics
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Statistics