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This book distinguishes itself from other SPSS resources through its unique integration of the research process (including design) and the use and interpretation of the statistics. Designed to help students analyze and interpret research data, the authors demonstrate how to: choose the appropriate statistic based on the research design, interpret SPSS output, and write about the output in a research paper. The authors describe the use and interpretation of these statistics in a user-friendly, non-technical language. The book prepares students for all of the steps in the research process, from design and data collection, to writing about the results.
The new edition features SPSS 14.0 for Windows, but can also be used with older and newer versions. There are also new problems, expanded discussions of effect sizes, and an expanded appendix on getting started with SPSS. The book features discussions of writing about outputs, data entry and checking, reliability assessment, testing assumptions, and descriptive, inferential, and nonparametric statistics. Several related statistics are included in each chapter. SPSS syntax, along with the output, is included for those who prefer this format. Two realistic data sets are available on the book’s CD and are used to solve the end of chapter problems.
SPSS for Introductory Statistics, Third Edition provides helpful teaching tools:
This book is an ideal supplement for courses in either statistics or research methods taught in departments of psychology, education, and other social and health sciences. The Instructor's Resource CD features PowerPoint slides and answers to and additional information on the questions and problems.
Preface. Variables, Research Problems, and Questions. Data Coding, Entry, and Checking. Measurement and Descriptive Statistics. Understanding Your Data and Checking Assumptions. Data File Management. Selecting and Interpreting Inferential Statistics. Cross Tabulation, Chi-Square, and Nonparametric Measures of Association. Correlation and Regression. Comparing Two Groups with t Tests and Similar Nonparametric Tests. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Appendix A: P.G. Cress, Getting Started and Other Useful SPSS Procedures. Appendix B: Writing Research Problems and Questions. Appendix C: D. Quick, Making Tables and Figures. Appendix D: Answers to Odd Numbered Interpretation Questions.