Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS

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SAGE Publications, Dec 29, 2010 - Education - 247 pages
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Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS, Second Edition, an accessible and authoritative introduction, is essential for education students and researchers needing to use quantitative methods for the first time.

Using datasets from real-life educational research and avoiding the use of mathematical formulae, the author guides students through the essential techniques that they will need to know, explaining each procedure using the latest version of SPSS. The datasets can also be downloaded from the book's website, enabling students to practice the techniques for themselves.

This revised and updated second edition now also includes more advanced methods such as log linear analysis, logistic regression, and canonical correlation.

Written specifically for those with no prior experience of quantitative research, this book is ideal for education students and researchers in this field.


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I really enjoyed this text and feel that Dr Muijs has a personal and approachable style. I would like to do a practical class with him and would benefit from his perspective and appraoch.


1 Introduction to quantitative research
2 Experimental and quasiexperimental research
3 Designing nonexperimental studies
4 Validity reliability and generalisability
5 Introduction to SPSS and the data set
6 Univariate statistics
comparing two groups
looking at the relationship between two variables
using regression models to look at the relationship between several predictors and one dependent variable
10 Using analysis of variance to compare more than two groups
item and factor analysis
introduction to multilevel modelling and structural equation modelling

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Professor Daniel Muijs is Chair of Education. Previously he worked at the University of Manchester as Chair of Pedagogy and Teacher Development at the University of Manchester, School of Education, as Chair of School Leadership and Management at the University of Newcastle and as senior at Warwick Institute of Education. He is an acknowledged expert in the field of Educational and Teacher Effectiveness and is co-editor of the journal ‘School Effectiveness and School Improvement’. He has published widely in the areas of educational effectiveness, leadership and research methods, and has conducted research for government agencies (DCSF, NCSL, QCA), Charitable Trusts (Gatsby) and Research Councils (ESRC).

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