The new edition of this bestselling text continues to emphasize intuition and common sense, while demonstrating the link between the practice of statistics and important social issues. The authors help students learn key sociological concepts through real research examples related to the dynamic interplay of race, class, gender, and other social variables.
This is a good book offering a very clear narrative. I believe it would be quite useful for students who are just starting to engage in statistical analysis. I think the strength of the book is definitely its structure – which is really good (I teaching the same order) and also the relative simplicity of explanations. I think this is a good BA level book. I also believe international MA students who have not engaged in any quantitative analysis may find it useful. I find the boxes with explanations very helpful and the illustrative pictograms make the statistical concept more visual and understandable. I would not adopt it as a core book for MA, but will include it in a list of suggested readings. The only issue I have is the relevance of the US examples to the British context where I teach. I think the irrelevance of the context might deter students from reading it. I think I will adopt some of the visual ways (boxes and graphs) to represent stats – perhaps in my lecture slides.
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Meet the Author
Chava Frankfort-Nachmias is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the coauthor of Research Methods in the Social Sciences (with David Nachmias), coeditor of Sappho in the Holy Land (with Erella Shadmi) and numerous publications on ethnicity and development, urban revitalization, science and gender, and women in Israel. She was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin System teaching improvement grant on integrating race, ethnicity, and gender into the social statistics and research methods curriculum. She is also the coauthor (with Anna Leon-Guerrero) of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society.
Anna Leon-Guerrero is a Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches courses in statistics, social theory, and social problems. Her areas of research and publications include family business, social welfare policy, and social service program evaluation. She is also the author of Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action.
1. The What and the Why of Statistics
2. Organization of Information: Frequency Distributions
3. Graphic Presentation
4. Measures of Central Tendency
5. Measures of Variability
6. The Normal Distribution
7. Sampling and Sampling Distributions
9. Testing Hypotheses
10. Relationships Between Two Variables: Cross-Tabulation
11. The Chi-Square Test
12. Measures of Association for Nominal and Ordinal Variables
13. Regression and Correlation
14. Analysis of Variance