Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology: A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences

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SAGE Publications, Mar 8, 2011 - Reference - 437 pages
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In this newly updated Fourth Edition, new terms are defined, new synonyms are included, and both are illustrated with new graphics. Growth in the fields of statistics and methodology has mandated these inclusions. The number of definitions and illustrations has grown from about 2,400 in the third edition to about 2,800 in this one, an increase of around 16 percent. While some entries have been shortened and obsolete ones have been deleted, which helped make room for the new entries, comparatively few terms from the earlier editions have been deleted. The importance of classic terms persists even as new techniques and the terms describing them are invented. Finally, the suggestions for further reading have been updated and a new section on Useful Websites on Statistics and Methodology has been added.

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W. Paul Vogt is Emeritus Professor of Research Methods and Evaluation at Illinois State University where he won both teaching and research awards. He specializes in methodological choice and program evaluation and is particularly interested in ways to integrate multiple methods. His other books include: Tolerance & Education: Learning to Live with Diversity and Difference (Sage Publications, 1998); Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals (Allyn & Bacon, 2007); Education Programs for Improving Intergroup Relations (co-edited with Walter Stephan, Teachers College Press, 2004). He is also editor of three four-volume sets in the series, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods: Selecting Research Methods (2008); Data Collection (2010); and Quantitative Research Methods (2011).

Burke Johnson (PhD, College of Education, University of Georgia) is a Professor in the Professional Studies Department at the University of South Alabama. He also has graduate degrees in psychology, sociology, and public administration, which give him a multidisciplinary perspective on research methodology. He has published in the Educational Researcher; Evaluation and Program Planning; Evaluation Review; Journal of Mixed Methods Research; Journal of Educational Psychology; and Quantity and Quality. He was guest editor for a special issue of Research in the Schools (http://www.msera.org/rits_131.htm) and a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist both focusing on mixed methods research. He was on the editorial board of the Educational Researcher and was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. Burke was also coauthor of Research Methods, Design, and Analysis; Dictionary of Statistics and Methodology: A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences; and Oxford Handbook of Multiple and Mixed Methods Research.

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