For courses in Introductory Statistics and Research Methods courses using SPSS.
Using SPSS guides students through the most basic of SPSS techniques using step-by-step descriptions, presents statistical techniques and instruction on how to conduct statistical analyses, and explains in detail how to avoid all the obstacles common in the study of statistics.
The development of easy-to-use statistical software like SPSS has changed the way statistics is being taught and learned. Students can make transformations of variables, create graphs of distributions of variables, and select among statistical analyses all at the click of a button. However, even with these advancements, students sometimes still find statistics to be an arduous task. They continue to be faced with many potential obstacles and they might feel overwhelmed and stressed rather than challenged and excited about the potential for mastering these important skills. Samuel Green and Neil Salkind have written a text to specifically address these issues.
Neil J. Salkind is a professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of Kansas where he taught for 35 years. He received his degree from the University of Maryland's Institute for Child Study and has published numerous journal articles and books, among them being Using SPSS with Sam Green (Prentice Hall), Exploring Research (Prentice Hall) and Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (Sage). He is active in the Society for Research in Child Development where he edited the journal Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography, and the American Psychological Association. He lives in Lawrence, KS.
I've used previous versions (2 and 3) of this book with my doctoral students, and find that it is written in an easy-to-understand yet informative way for beginning SPSS students. Lessons begin with objectives and research examples of that particular type of statistical analysis. The authors lead the students with reasons to conduct the study, steps for completing the study on SPSS, with many illustrations of SPSS screens and SPSS outputs. Most chapters have an American Psychological Association (APA) Results section, so students can apply the information learned to their own APA research papers. Chapters have practice exercises, with some answers in the back of the book.
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