Essential First Steps to Data Analysis
Scenario-Based Examples Using SPSS
- Carol S. Parke - Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
The student site features:
· Data Files: Each module is accompanied by data files that are used as examples in the analyses that are presented.
Having different research studies presented rather than using the same context throughout the text helps keep the material more interesting for the reader, as well as helping students generalize their learning across different research contexts.
The ‘real world’ scenarios captivate the reader but also provide pertinent context to see just how it relates to the content area at hand in each module.
The strength of the text is in how the author identifies the goals of the analysis under discussion and then steps the reader through the tasks necessary to realize those goals.
There are not many texts on data preparation in the field, so I believe this text would provide a unique contribution. …I agree wholeheartedly with the preface, that the other guides are simple “how-to” books that do not effectively connect students with real examples that can serve as a guideline in their own analysis experiences.
A key strength of this text is that it focuses on the practical aspects of MANAGING research data rather than statistical programming or statistical analysis.
I like that the book is written with cases/stories—I think that especially for counseling/psych students, these stories are going to help them contextualize the ideas more so than they would without these stories. I also like that the book give the students example write-ups. I think that is a priceless addition to any textbook about conducting statistical tests.