Data Analysis with SPSS (2nd Edition)

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9780205340576: Data Analysis with SPSS (2nd Edition)

Data Analysis with SPSS is designed to teach students how to explore data in a systematic manner using the most popular professional social statistics program on the market today. Written in ten manageable chapters, this book first introduces students to the approach researchers use to frame research questions and the logic of establishing causal relations. Students are then oriented to the SPSS program and how to examine data sets. Subsequent chapters guide them through univariate analysis, bivariate analysis, graphic analysis, and multivariate analysis. Students conclude their course by learning how to write a research report and by engaging in their own research project. Each book is packaged with a disk containing the GSS (General Social Survey) file and the States data files. The GSS file contains 100 variables generated from interviews with 2,900 people, concerning their behaviors and attitudes on a wide variety of issues such as abortion, religion, prejudice, sexuality, and politics. The States data allows comparison of all 50 states with 400 variables indicating issues such as unemployment, environment, criminality, population, and education.Students will ultimately use these data to conduct their own independent research project with SPSS.

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According to Labor Secretary, Robert Reich, the most successful workers in the 21st century will be those who are able to understand various forms of information and produce meaning from it. Reich calls these people symbolic analysts, and they often use statistics. Yet, many individuals find statistics alienating, boring, intimidating, or as simply another hurdle to get over. Contrary to popular belief, though, quantitative research can be fun. This book is designed to help readers develop an appreciation, and hopefully an excitement, for quantitative inquiry. This book first orients readers to the approach researchers use to frame research questions and to the logic of establishing causal relations. Thereafter, the SPSS program is introduced. Readers are guided through examining data sets, univariate analysis, bivariate analysis, graphic analysis, and multivariate analysis. Two large data sets are included with the book. Anyone using SPSS, the statistics program for social science research.

About the Author:

>Stephen Sweet is an assistant professor of sociology at Ithaca College and was formerly the associate director of the Cornell Work and Family Careers Institute. His books include Changing Contours of Work (2008), The Work and Family Handbook: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Methods and Approaches (2005), Teaching Work and Family: Strategies, Activities, and Syllabi (2006), College and Society: An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination (2001), and Data Analysis with SPSS: A First Course in Applied Statistics (2008, 2003, 1998).

            His studies on work, family, community, and inequality appeared in a variety of publications, including Generations, Research in the Sociology of Work, Sex Roles, Family Relations, New Directions in Life Course Research, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Innovative Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Community, Work, and Family, Popular Music and Society, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.  His articles on teaching and curriculum development have been published in Teaching Sociology, Critical Pedagogy in the Classroom, and Excellent Teaching in the Excellent University.

            In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Stephen Sweet currently serves as the Teaching Resources Specialist for the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, co-edits the Work-Family Encyclopedia, and manages the Sloan Early Career Scholars Program. 

 

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