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Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods series) [Paperback]

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2 Mar 2009 1847879071 978-1847879073 Third Edition
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'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.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Third Edition edition (2 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847879071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847879073
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 19.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Zoë and Fuzzy the cat.


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'The mathematics behind the tests is always given in considerable detail. This is admirable and helps students to see the logics behind the tests...I like the exploration of the various options for the tests he discusses, and the discussions of the pros and cons of specific variants of tests' - Nurse Researcher (David C. Howell )

"It is definitely the best written stats book I've seen. I found myself reading through it like a novel, just because I found it interesting. In addition, I like that it is well-integrated with the SPSS information, and I think the students will really appreciate it, too."
(Kimberly Dasch )

About the Author

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 Zoë and Fuzzy the cat.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By D92
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This book is excellent, if you stumbled through an undergraduate degree and need to revise what you learnt (or perhaps did not) then this book is perfect. Also great for undergraduates new to research methods in Psychology.

Andy Field has a fun and charismatic style of writing which makes it as easy as statistics reading and learning can get; through the use of quirky characters and dry humour it really is the best stats book I have come across for an introduction to quantitative research methods and statistical analysis. Do not fear Psychology students 'Discovering Statistics Using SPSS' is here to save the day!

Amazon is an excellent means of buying this book, quick and painless.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, very useful. 4 Jun 2011
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This is an excellent book for people who are interested in or are studying Research Methods. It is very well written and clear to understand. There is an excellent use of examples which help make the material interesting and easier to understand. Complex and sometimes difficult to understand material (such as SPSS) is broken down into easy to manage sections.

I would highly recommend this book to both undergraduate and postgraduate students looking to develop their research skills.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase 28 Sep 2010
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I have bought Discovering Statistics by Andy Field because I misplaced my 13-year old statistics book. I based my choice on the reviews I have read but have to admit I was very suspicious about the book. Well, it was a wonderful surprise! The book is great. I sincerely recommend it to students, teachers and anyone who needs statistics for their professional life, whatever the field of research. Moreover, considering the quality and amount of information, it is really affordable. Not only value for money but, much more importantly, value for quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Discovering lots of reading 24 April 2013
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As a psychology student, I desperately needed this for revision. There is lots of detail you can take and learn about all the statistical tests... but it's a bit too wordy when all you're trying to do is finding out the basics. This book isn't so much for beginners, but for those who are looking to go into great depth. If You're a first year student using SPSS, I wouldn't recommend it, but if you want to know everything and all about all the statistical tests, this is for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unexpected book!!! 28 Mar 2012
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I brought this book as a requirement for my undergraduate psychology course. Of course as most people generally do, I hated statistics! But this book surprisingly made it so interesting! Some nights I was up all hours of the night revising and completing coursework but the comments and examples never failed to make me chuckle even at half 2 in the morning!!
Brilliant book and I really recommend it to anyone who is studying psychology even at A level. It starts from the simple statistics to the harder statistics but still easy to understand and grasp the concept of.
Andy Field is definitely an amazing writer and makes statistics fun, which is pretty impossible

If you buy this you have struck gold big time! Won't be selling mine for a looooong time yet, or doubt I even will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book could be a third of the size... 17 Dec 2012
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This was a recommended text book for my course and although it has everything I will ever need to know about SPSS, I can't help feeling that it could have been a lot shorter if the smutty jokes and endless waffle were cut out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering statistics 31 July 2012
By BB
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Andy Field presents a very user friendly book on statistics that is easy enough for someone with no head at all on statistics. I knew sooner that sooner or later that I will have to confront it during my research studies. I found this book from browsing Amazon and chose it among several others. I am so glad that I made that decision, The book has several illustrations with humorous anecdotes and the companion website is perfect for enhancing knowledge. I have to read it in little chunks as I must have the world's worst head for numbers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stats in a new way 13 Jan 2013
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I never thought a stats book book could be entertaining, but Field have managed just that. Best stats book I have seen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book with the basic concepts about more common statistics...
Very good book with the basic concepts about more common statistics test. Written in a very easy and friendly way, so no worries if you don't have much background about stats.
Published 15 days ago by Jose Carlos Noguera
5.0 out of 5 stars SPSS was a blast even though I hate statistics. Thanks to Andy and my...
Andy Field is quite the writer. SPSS was a blast even though I hate statistics. Thanks to Andy and my great teacher.
Published 1 month ago by Jurij Fedorov
4.0 out of 5 stars thorough and jolly tone, appears to be encyclopaedic in ...
thorough and jolly tone, appears to be encyclopaedic in terms of coverage. An experienced professional researcher said she still uses her copy and I can see why.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I prefer Perry Hinton's books
I have no idea why this book is rated so highly. I think that it is because the author has made it sought of quirky, with pictures to illustrate. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good start for SPSS users
This is the perfect book for those using SPSS for research. Clear and precise with a sense of humour. Highly recommend this book to both students and professionals.
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If you are a psychology student than this is very helpful it helps a lot. The delivery service is very fast. And it's within reasonable price
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This is by far one of the best statistic books I am reading, if you are anything like me and hate numbers this book could help you understand statistic. Read more
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I hate this book. My lecturers and some of my classmates rave about how it's changed their life and they're so grateful for it. Read more
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The best book you can buy on SPSS statistics, this has been useful for my undergraduate course in counselling and psychology.
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