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A Conceptual Guide to Statistics Using SPSS

A Conceptual Guide to Statistics Using SPSS

April 2011 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Bridging an understanding of Statistics and SPSS.

"The text is written in a user-friendly language and illustrates concepts that would otherwise be confusing to beginning students and those with limited computer skills."

-Justice Mbizo, University of West Florida

This unique text helps students develop a conceptual understanding of a variety of statistical tests by linking the ideas learned in a statistics class from a traditional statistics textbook with the computational steps and output from SPSS. Each chapter begins with a student-friendly explanation of the concept behind each statistical test and how the test relates to that concept. The authors then walk through the steps to compute the test in SPSS and the output, clearly linking how the SPSS procedure and output connect back to the conceptual underpinnings of the test. By drawing clear connections between the theoretical and computational aspects of statistics, this engaging text aids students' understanding of theoretical concepts by teaching them in a practical context.

1. Introduction
2. Descriptive Statistics
3. Chi-Squared Test
4. Linear Correlation
5. One- and Two Sample T-Tests
6. One-way ANOVA
7. Two- and Higher-way ANOVA
8. Within-subject ANOVA
9. Mixed-model ANOVA
11. Regression
13. Factor and Components Analysis
14. Psychometrics
15. Non-parametric Tests
16. Matrix Algebra
17. Appendix on the General Formulation of Custom Contrasts using Syntax

At this time this book is still being reviewed by faculty

Professor David Bambridge
N/A, Warner Univ
September 14, 2011

This is a helpful book. However, for my graduate students, I have decided that over time, Andy Field's work will remain a solid reference for whatever analyses they encounter or forgot completely and need to review how to conduct and write up results.

Dr G. Kevin Randall
Education, Bradley University
August 25, 2011

Looks helpful in teaching SPSS

Professor Doug Wedell
Psychology Dept, University of South Carolina
August 5, 2011

Not cast at the right level for my needs.

Randall Koper
Communication Dept, University of The Pacific
June 25, 2011

Too advanced for our students. But it is a very well-designed and written book.

Professor Christian Holle
Psychology Dept, William Paterson University
June 1, 2011

This would be used as more of an adjunct to students in famililarizing themselves with SPSS in social science. Possible use as a recommended text.

Dr Stephen Thompson
Social Science , National-Louis University
May 23, 2011

When individual graduate students are using SPSS for their statistical analysis, then I require them to purchase this text. It is easy to understand and concepts have been explained well. Also, this text is helpful for students in interpreting their statistical results.

Dr Rita McNeil
Human Resource Train Dev Dept, Idaho State University - Pocatello
May 17, 2011
Key features

Key Features:

  • Unique Organization: The conceptual foundation of each topic is introduced before any equations or computational steps are displayed in order to remind students of the underlying logic of each statistical test.
  • "Making the Most of Syntax" sections help students learn how to use syntax in their own research by providing the general form and a specific example of each syntax function.
  • The Connections sections use SPSS to demonstrate the equivalence among tests which provides a "bigger picture" perspective for students.
  • A Closer Look sections feature advanced topics—unique to this introductory SPSS text—that show students how to use SPSS to compute tests or display output that can be important to report in a research paper.
  • The Behind the Scenes sections explain the conceptual machinery underlying the statistical tests, describing the idea behind each test in accessible language, thereby enhancing the students' understanding.
The conceptual foundation of each topic is introduced before any equations or computational steps are displayed in order to remind students of the underlying logic of each statistical test.

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