This book provides a refreshing and user-friendly guide to quantitative data analysis in education for students and researchers. It assumes absolutely no prior knowledge of quantitative methods or statistics. Beginning with the very basics, it provides the reader with the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to undertake routine quantitative data analysis to a level expected of published research.
Rather than focusing on teaching statistics through mathematical formulae, the book places an emphasis on using SPSS to gain a real feel for the data and an intuitive grasp of the main concepts and techniques involved. Drawing extensively upon up-to-date and relevant examples, the reader will be encouraged to think critically about quantitative research and its potential as well as its limitations in relation to education.
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The book will therefore appeal not only to undergraduate and postgraduate students but also to more established and seasoned educational researchers and lecturers and professors who have tended to avoid or shy away from quantitative methods.
'Thank you! In his book Quantitative Data Analysis A critical introduction using SPSS, Professor Paul Connolly has produced a masterpiece for researchers who "Don’t do numbers", and have found themselves having amassed a desk full of quantitative data now needing analysis …Empathetic, incredulous, ingenious! … I have no hesitation in recommending this book to students and researchers who need a working knowledge of using SPSS.' - ESCalate, Higher Education Academy
Who is this book for and what is it about? 1. Getting Started with SPSS 2. Exploring, Displaying and Summarising Data 3. Analyzing Relationships Between Variables 4. Good Practice in Presenting Findings 5. Confidence Intervals and Statistical Significance 6. Conducting Statistical Tests and Calculating Effect Sizes 7. Where Next?