Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using IBM SPSS Statistics

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SAGE, Jul 6, 2012 - Computers - 456 pages
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Written by esteemed social science research authors, Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using IBM® SPSS® Statistics, Eighth Edition 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. This fully revised workbook will guide students through step-by-step instruction on data analysis using the latest version of SPSS and the most up to date General Social Survey data. 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. In this revised edition, active and collaborative learning will be emphasized as students engage in a series of practical investigative exercises.

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Earl Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, but his family chose to return to Vermontnbsp;3 months later, and he grew up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvardnbsp;Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After 3 yearsnbsp;with the US Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University ofnbsp;California--Berkeley. He received his PhD from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at thenbsp;University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research tonbsp;write full-time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman University in Southernnbsp;California in 1987. Although he is the author of several research articles and monographs, henbsp;is best known for the many textbooks he has written, which have been widely adopted innbsp;colleges throughout the United States and the world. He also has been active in the Americannbsp;Sociological Association for 25 years and currently serves on the ASA's executive committee.nbsp;He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociologicalnbsp;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.

William E. Wagner, III, PhD, is a Professor of Sociology at California State University Channel Islands. Prior to coming to CSU Channel Islands, he served as a member of the faculty and Director of the Institute for Social and Community Research at California State University Bakersfield. He completed his PhD in sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Wagner also holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, as well as an MPH degree (Master of Public Health) from CSU Northridge. He has published in national and regional scholarly journals on topics such as urban sociology, homophobia, academic status, sports, and public health. Dr. Wagner is coauthor (with Earl Babbie, Fred S. Halley, and Jeanne Zaino) of the eighth edition of Adventures in Social Research (2012), published by SAGE. Dr. Wagner can be located on the Web at or

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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