Synopses & Reviews
The Bestselling Student-Friendly Statistics Textbook is Completely Updated
Field has introduced important new introductory material on statistics... This book is the best blend that I know of a textbook in statistics and a manual on SPSS.-David C. Howell, University of Vermont (Emeritus)
Written in his vivid and entertaining style, Andy Field continues to provide students with everything they need to understand, use and report statistics-at every level-in the brand-new Third Edition of Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. Retaining the strong pedagogy from previous editions, he makes statistics meaningful by including playful examples from everyday student life (among other places), creating a gateway into the often intimidating world of statistics. In the process, he presents an opportunity for students to ground their knowledge of statistics through the use of SPSS.
What is NEW in the Third Edition: Expands on the first 6 chapters to more gently introduce basic level conceptsComplies with the new SPSS 17Offers a stunning new 4-color textbook design to illustrate SPSS 17 mechanisms (at no additional cost to students )Contains an additional chapter on multilevel modelingIncorporates playful real world examples to go alongside those made up by the author Includes both new and more robust pedagogical features
This new edition is accompanied by an updated Companion Web site at www.sagepub.co.uk/field3e designed for both professors and students
Student resources include:
Animated SPSS walk-through videos clearly demonstrating how to use the latest SPSS modulesSelf-checking multiple choice questionsDatasets for Psychology, Business & Management andHealth SciencesA flash-card glossary for testing knowledge of key conceptsAccess to support material from SAGE study skills books
The password-protected instructor's section offers:
A test bank with over 300 multiple choice questions ready to upload to WebCT, Blackboard or other virtual learning environments Electronic charts and diagrams for classroom usePowerPoint slides written by the author
and#8220;This book is an easy and informative readand#8212;an excellent introduction to SPSS for the novice, and a handy reference guide for the more experienced user who needs to refresh their memory.and#8221;
andldquo;Cole Davisandrsquo;s new book is practical, well written, and very reader friendly, especially by those who are not or would not describe themselves as mathematicians or skilled in the science of numbers. For those wanting to use SPSS, this book clearly explains what the software can do and how to achieve its potential. I particularly liked the way the book does not assume (as so many manuals do) that we are all familiar with statistical terms. It explains what they mean and offers practical examples of how they are used.and#160;As a freelance researcher engaged in many areas of social investigation, I would strongly recommend this book both as a practical and easy to understand guide to the use of SPSS but also for its valuable introduction to data analysis and statistics.andrdquo;
andldquo;The text is clear and well-illustrated. . . . This is a useful book for students and people who are fairly new to social research. It covers a range of non-parametric tests which are often overlooked.andrdquo;
Andy Field's self-deprecating, vivacious but yet easy to understand writing style has won him many plaudits, and now an award from the British Psychological Society (2007), for his irreplaceable Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. The Third Edition is now even more accessible to the introductory student at the very beginning of their statistical journey. The textbook now uniquely walks students from very basic to advanced level concepts, all the while grounding knowledge though the use of SPSS. Accompanied by an improved Companion Web site at www.sagepub.co.uk/field3e including animated SPSS walk-throughs of tests discussed in the textbook; assessment materials and datasets pertinent to lecturers/instructors in Business & Management and Health Sciences; and a suite of other materials for lecturers/instructors and students as per the 2nd Edition. The original CD-Rom materials are now found on this Web site as well.
Written in his vivid and entertaining style, Andy Field provides students with everything they need to understand, use and report statistics-at every level-in the Third Edition of Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. Retaining the strong pedagogy from previous editions, he makes statistics meaningful by including playful examples from everyday student life (among other places), creating a gateway into the often intimidating world of statistics. In the process, he presents an opportunity for students to ground their knowledge of statistics through the use of SPSS.
SPSS Step by Step is a concise overview for beginning and intermediate statistical test users. Clearly writtenandmdash;and without relying on mathematical formulasandmdash;it covers topics such as qualitative data analysis, multiple regression, survival analysis, and factor analysis. A logically ordered guide to analyzing everyday problems, it will prove invaluable for undergraduate and postgraduate students and academics undertaking or teaching research and will also be of interest to professionals in social work, criminal justice, health, and education.
About the Author
Cole Davis is a freelance researcher with a background in social care, career guidance, and education.
Table of Contents
Part One: Background knowledge
2. Descriptive statistics introduced
3. Inferential statistics introduced
4. On the nature of numbers
5. Data entry in SPSS
6. Data analysis in practice
Part Two: Statistical testing
7. The analysis of differences
8. Qualitative analysis
9. Correlations, regression and factor analysis
10. Factorial analysis of variance
11. The time until events: survival analysis
Part Three: Beyond the tests
13. Reporting in applied research
14. A taste of further statistical methods
Index of concepts
Index of tests