Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using IBM SPSS Statistics

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Pine Forge Press, 2011 - Social Science - 430 pages
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Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS 17.0 and 18.0 for Windows, Seventh Edition guides students step-by-step through the process of data analysis using the latest versions of SPSS/Statistics and 2008 General Social Survey (GSS) data. Written by esteemed social science research authors, this workbook encourages students to practice SPSS as they read about it and provides a practical, hands-on introduction to conceptualization, measurement, and association through active learning. Arranged to parallel most introductory research methods texts, this text starts with an introduction to computerized data analysis and the social research process, then walks readers step-by-step through univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis using SPSS Statistics.

New to this Edition

Updated throughout to reflect Version 18.0 of SPSS/

Additional information added for Macintosh users

New and updated SPSS/screen shots

All of the examples in the book have been updated to reflect the use of the latest available General Social Survey (GSS) 2008 data set

Coverage of regression in Ch. 13 has been expanded to include more detail about the coefficient of determination

An open-access Student Study Site that includes data sets containing more than 80 variables from the 2008 General Social Survey, including new terrorism preparedness variables. It also features helpful research articles, as well as other learning tools and resources.

Key Features:

Each chapter includes basic research principles, techniques, and demonstrations of how to use SPSS Statistics, supporting both beginning and more advanced students-including graduate students-with step-by-step demonstrations and exercises that are effective for those with no prior experience with research or SPSS as well as for those wanting to hone their research or data analysis skills

Chapters are structured around instruction techniques followed by concrete, hands-on exercises that encourage them to design their own hypotheses, choose their own variables, and interpret the results

Two final chapters (Chapters 20 21) focus on doing primary and secondary research and writing research reports

Captures students curiosity by getting them to do research on issues they are already interested in, such as religion, gender roles, the environment, sexual attitudes, and gun control

Enlivens abstract material with a variety of pedagogical features, with clear tables, screenshots, and illustrations as well as Writing Boxes that show how a social scientist might describe the findings being discussed, Review Questions to test students knowledge, and SPSS Statistics Lab Exercises to apply what is being learned.


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____________________________________________________________________________ CLASS ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ DATE ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR ____________________________________________________________________________ abbreviated variable names ABDEFECT abortion attitudes AGECAT ANOVA appropriate arrow attitudes toward abortion capital punishment cell central tendency Chapter CHATT chi-square CLASS ____________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR codes coefficient of determination column percentages create Data Editor data file data set define DEMO.SAV file Demonstration dependent variable Descriptive Statistics dialog box double-click frequency distribution gamma gender Here’s hypothesis identify independent indicates INSTRUCTOR ____________________________________________________________________________ DATE lambda level of measurement measure of association menu missing values multivariate analysis NAME ____________________________________________________________________________ CLASS Once option ordinal variables output Pearson’s POLREC question recoded variable religiosity religious respondents Run Crosstabs sample scatterplot score social class social research SPSS Statistics Command SPSS STATISTICS LAB statistically significant STATISTICS LAB EXERCISE Value Labels values and labels window woman’s Writing Box

About the author (2011)

Earl R. Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, although he chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, growing up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvard Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After three years with the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman University in Southern California in 1987. He retired from teaching in 2006 and moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, the next year. Although an author of research articles and monographs, he is best known for the many textbooks he has written, which have been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and the world. He also has been active in the American Sociological Association throughout his career for 25 years and served on the ASAÔs executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association. He is married to Suzanne Babbie, a joyful partner in all aspects of his life, and he has a son, Aaron, who would make any parent proud. As partial proof, Aaron and his wife, Ara, produced the world's two greatest grandchildren: Evelyn and Henry.

William E. Wagner, III, Professor of Sociology at California State University, Channel Islands, served as a member of the faculty and director of the Institute for Social and Community Research (ISCR) at CSUB prior to coming to CSU Channel Islands. His MA and PhD degrees in sociology are from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He holds two separate bachelor’s degrees, one in mathematics and the other in sociology/anthropology, both from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His work on topics such as urban sociology, sports, homophobia, and academic status has been published in national and regional scholarly journals.

Fred Halley, State University of New York College at Brockport, has been developing computer-based tools for teaching social science since 1970. He has served as a collegewide social science computer consultant, directed Brockport's Institute for Social Research, and now directs the college's Data Analysis Laboratory. State University of New York College at Brockport, has been developing computer-based tools for teaching social science since 1970. He has served as a collegewide social science computer consultant, directed Brockport's Institute for Social Research, and now directs the college's Data Analysis Laboratory.

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