Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS 11.0/11.5 for Windows, With SPSS CD-ROM

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SAGE Publications, Apr 7, 2003 - Social Science - 514 pages
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Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS 11.0/11.5™ for Windows®, Fifth Edition is the only book that guides students step-by-step through the process of data analysis using current General Social Survey data and versions 11.0/11.5 of SPSS. Authors Earl Babbie, Fred Halley, and Jeanne Zaino stress active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of practical investigative exercises. Adventures in Social Research supports students who are taking their first course in social research, as well as more advanced students who want either to hone their research skills or become acquainted with the latest versions of SPSS for Windows. As with the widely adopted previous editions, the authors supply detailed instructions illustrated with more than 140 screenshots so that students will always know what they should see on their monitors.  This Fifth Edition has been extensively revised to include:
  • A CD-ROM bundled with each copy of the text contains two data sets from the 2000 General Social Survey, along with 4 appendixes that provide additional information to aid students in doing primary research
  • A separate version of the text is available with a CD that contains the SPSS 11.0 Student Version, along with the material from the standard version of the CD.
  • "Writing Boxes" with examples of how to write up research results correctly
  • Expanded reference, index, and glossary sections
  • Links to information on SPSS 12.0 (due August 2003) are available on the books webpage on the Pine Forge Press website.
 Adventures in Social Research can be used with both SPSS Base 11.0/11.5 or lower for Windows 95/98 or Windows NT and SPSS 11.0 for Windows, Student Version. With a wealth of illustrations, examples, and exercises, the latest edition of this best-selling volume provides students with a hands-on introduction to social science research and the most popular professional data analysis computer program. Designed for both introductory and advanced research methods or statistics courses in sociology, political science, social work, criminal justice, and public health departments, Adventures in Social Research is also an ideal computer skills and data analysis textbook for any discipline that uses survey methods.

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Earl Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, but his family chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, and he grew 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 3 years with the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD 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. Although he is the author of several research articles and monographs, he is best known for the many texts 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 for 25 years and currently serves on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association.

Fred Halley, Associate Professor Emeritus, SUNY-Brockport, received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from Ashland College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri, respectively. Since 1970, he has worked to bring both instructional and research computer applications into the undergraduate sociology curriculum. Halley has been recognized for his leadership in the instructional computing sections of the Eastern and Midwest Sociological Societies and the American Sociological Association. At Brockport, he served as a collegewide social science computing consultant and directed Brockport’s Institute for Social Science Research and the College’s Data Analysis Laboratory. Off campus, Halley directed and consulted on diverse community research projects that were used to establish urban magnet schools, evaluate a Head Start family service center, locate an expressway, and design a public transportation system for a rural county. Now residing in Rochester, New York, he plays an active role in a faith-based mentoring program for ex-offenders, and he volunteers for Micrecycle, an organization that refurbishes computers used by those on the other side of the computer divide in schools, daycares, youth centers, and other community organizations.

Jeanne Zaino, Associate Professor of Political Science, Iona College, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in survey research at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. During that time, she worked as a research assistant at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. She went on to earn a master’s degree and PhD in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently chair of the Political Science Department at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, where she teaches courses in American government, institutions, research methods, social statistics, public opinion, scope, and methods. She and her husband, Jeff, are the proud parents of two sons, Maxim and Logan.

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