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256 pages | 104 B/W Illus.
Designed to help students analyze and interpret research data using IBM SPSS, this user-friendly book, written in easy-to-understand language, shows readers how to choose the appropriate statistic based on the design, and to interpret outputs appropriately. The authors prepare readers for all of the steps in the research process: design, entering and checking data, testing assumptions, assessing reliability and validity, computing descriptive and inferential parametric and nonparametric statistics, and writing about outputs. Dialog windows and SPSS syntax, along with the output, are provided. Three realistic data sets, available on the Internet, are used to solve the chapter problems.
The new edition features:
IBM SPSS for Introductory Statistics, Fifth Edition provides helpful teaching tools:
An ideal supplement for courses in either statistics, research methods, or any course in which SPSS is used, such as in departments of psychology, education, and other social and health sciences. This book is also appreciated by researchers interested in using SPSS for their data analysis.
"This book is an excellent resource for both students and faculty. It provides an up to date, step by step guide outlining which statistical analysis to use, how to run specific tests in SPSS, and most important how to interpret and report the results.” - Randall Davies, Brigham Young University, USA
“This textbook not only provides a comprehensive overview of how to use SPSS to calculate inferential statistics, but it also provides illustrative tutorials on how to read and interpret the outputs generated by the software.” – Janelle L. Gagnon, Mount Holyoke College, USA
"This is not your usual SPSS guidebook! The text guides the reader through the research process from research question, to choice of appropriate statistics, to running SPSS, to interpretation of the SPSS output, and finally to writing up results. It should be very useful to applied researchers." - Richard Lomax, The Ohio State University, USA
“This clearly written and effectively illustrated book allows statistics instructors to concentrate on facilitating students’ conceptual understanding and problem solving skills. This book excels in helping students informatively distinguish among and select appropriate analyses, and interpret the oft times voluminous results of those analyses.” – Michael F. Cassidy, Marymount University, USA
"Through detailed examples, clear and precise terminology, and raising awareness of potential pitfalls, this book guides students through the basic questions, assumptions, and choices for statistically informed research. Teachers and students alike will find that this book is much more than a manual on how-to-do basic statistical analysis using SPSS but an exploration on the task and goals of research." - Elias Ortega-Aponte, Drew University, USA
Preface. 1. Variables, Research Problems, and Questions. 2. Data Coding, Entry, and Checking. 3. Measurement and Descriptive Statistics. 4. Understanding Your Data and Checking Assumptions. 5. Data File Management and Writing About Descriptive Statistics. 6. Selecting and Interpreting Inferential Statistics. 7. Methods to Provide Evidence for Reliability and Validity. 8. Cross-Tabulation, Chi-Square, and Nonparametric Measures of Association. 9. Correlation and Regression. 10. Comparing Two Groups with t Tests and Similar Nonparametric Tests. 11. Analysis of Variance Appendices. For Further Reading. Index.
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For students who struggle fitting SPSS usage into the research process as a whole:
Students who have no problem crunching numbers often have trouble knowing what statistics to use and interpreting their results. This book is geared toward giving students a “big picture” understanding of how using SPSS fits into the research process as a whole. See chapters 1, 3, and 6 for examples of how the authors achieve this. See page xi for the author’s approach explained in a brief paragraph.
Examples to encourage students to think critically & write about their research:
Appendix B: Writing Research Problems and Questions helps students develop targeted, relevant research problems and questions to get them thinking critically about the whole research process and how using the SPSS software fits in. It includes instruction on writing in APA format, which was recently updated and can be challenging to students who aren’t familiar with the guidelines. Mastering APA format will help students publish their research in the future.
For instructors who want their book to follow the structure of the research process:
The authors have outlined how each chapter fits into the steps students will follow when conducting a research project. See page x for the rationale.
Examples of pedagogical features:
Visit the tabs labeled Student/Instructor Resources, and Data Sets to download the data files that accompany the book, study guides and outlines for every chapter, extra SPSS problems, PowerPoint slides for every chapter, additional activities/suggestions, and the answers to even-numbered interpretation questions. These online resources will allow students to efficiently and thoroughly review and manipulate the data used in the text to further strengthen their understanding of the material.