Discovering Statistics Using SPSS

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SAGE Publications, Aug 17, 2007 - Psychology - 856 pages

'In this brilliant new edition Andy Field has introduced important new introductory material on statistics that the student will need and was missing at least in the first edition. This book is the best blend that I know of a textbook in statistics and a manual on SPSS. It is a balanced composite of both topics, using SPSS to illustrate important statistical material and, through graphics, to make visible important approaches to data analysis. There are many places in the book where I had to laugh, and that's saying a lot for a book on statistics. His excellent style engages the reader and makes reading about statistics fun' - David C Howell, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont USA

This award-winning text, now fully updated with SPSS Statistics, is the only book on statistics that you will need!

Fully revised and restructured, this new edition is even more accessible as it now takes students through from introductory to advanced level concepts, all the while grounding knowledge through the use of SPSS Statistics. Andy Field's humorous and self-deprecating style and the book's host of characters make the journey entertaining as well as educational.

While still providing a very comprehensive collection of statistical methods, tests and procedures, and packed with examples and self-assessment tests to reinforce knowledge, the new edition now also offers:

- a more gentle introduction to basic-level concepts and methods for beginners

- new textbook features to make the book more user-friendly for those learning about more advanced concepts, encouraging 'critical thinking'

- a brand new, full-colour design, making it easy for students to navigate between topics, and to understand how to use the latest version of SPSS Statistics

- both 'real world' (the bizarre and the wonderful) and invented examples illustrate the concepts and make the techniques come alive for students

- an additional chapter on multilevel modelling for advanced-level students

- reinforced binding to make the book easier to handle at a computer workstation.

The book also includes access to a brand new and improved companion Website, bursting with features including:

- animated 'SPSS walk-through' videos clearly demonstrating how to use the latest SPSS Statistics modules

- self-marking multiple choice questions

- data sets for psychology, business and management and health sciences

- a flash-card glossary for testing knowledge of key concepts

- access to support material from SAGE study skills books.

Statistics lecturers are also provided with a whole range of resources and teaching aids, including:

- the test bank - over 300 multiple-choice questions ready to upload to WebCT, Blackboard or other virtual learning environments

- charts and diagrams in electronic format for inclusion in lecture slides

- PowerPoint slides written by the author to accompany chapters of the text.

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Great book, so well explained with real world examples that are understandable. The only statistics book I've ever read that hasn't bored me to death!

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About the author (2007)

Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 70 research papers, 27 book chapters, and 17 books mostly on child emotional development and statistics. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has been an associate editor and editorial board member for the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Research Synthesis Methods. His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognized with local and national teaching awards (University of Sussex, 2001; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats, and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife ZoŽ and Fuzzy the cat.

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