Just Plain Data Analysis: Finding, Presenting, and Interpreting Social Science Data / Edition 1

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Overview

Just Plain Data Analysis is designed to teach students statistical literacy skills that they can use to evaluate and construct arguments about public affairs issues grounded in numerical evidence. Students will learn to find, interpret, and present commonly used social indicators, which are the quantitative measures of the performance of societies' institutions. Although critical for careful social science research, these skills are not often covered in qualitative or quantitative research methods and statistics texts. Clear, concise, and readable, Just Plain Data Analysis will support students' work in a variety of courses, stimulate critical thinking, and be a helpful reference in future careers.

About the Author:
Gary M. Klass is associate professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University

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Editorial Reviews

November 2008 CHOICE
This short book is a useful supplement to traditional statistics and research method texts....Recommended.
Mark Maier
With humor and political balance, Just Plain Data Analysis offers a pithy guide to finding, presenting and interpreting social science data ranging from crime to elections. Recommended for students, teachers and policymakers who want to understand where the data comes from and how to use it responsibly.
CHOICE
This short book is a useful supplement to traditional statistics and research method texts....Recommended.
Choice
This short book is a useful supplement to traditional statistics and research method texts....Recommended.
American Libraries
Just Plain Data Analysis: Finding, Presenting, and Interpreting Social Science by Gary M. Klass is an exploration of the types of quantitative research (which is rooted in data and statistical analysis) that can be used to draw conclusions about such social science issues as crime rates and measuring educational achievement. Klass uses examples of statistical claims to demonstrate how changing the time frame for data collection or looking at different correlations can result in varying or misleading statements. He also has chapters to how to tabulate and display numbers and how to use graphical presentation effectively.
Milo Schield
In Just Plain Data Analysis, Gary Klass analyzes simple statistics that involve sophisticated reasoning. This book cuts through paradoxes, fallacies and socially-constructed statistics to uncover the basic elements of data analysis. A must-read for anyone interested in statistical literacy.
Bill Wilkerson
As a teacher of research methods, I have been waiting for a book like Just Plain Data Analysis. By focusing on finding, presenting and interpreting data, Klass encourages students to develop the critical thinking skills that they will need once they leave the university. The writing is clear and the examples are excellent. The discussion of reliability, validity, and ecological fallacy is the best I have read in an undergraduate text. The many table and chart examples will help students improve their skills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742560536
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/21/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary M. Klass teaches public policy, race and ethnicity, and quantitative research methods at Illinois State University. He is past president of the APSA Computers and Multimedia Section and co-editor of the Political Science Research and Teaching List.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

1 Analyzing Political, Social, and Economic Indicators 1

2 Constructing Good Tables 33

3 Creating Good Charts 49

4 Voting and Elections 81

5 Measuring Educational Achievement 97

6 Measuring Poverty and Inequality 121

7 Finding the Data 141

Index 157

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