- Paperback: 856 pages
- Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Third Edition edition (2 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847879071
- ISBN-13: 978-1847879073
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.6 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods series) Paperback – 2 Mar 2009
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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, 2015; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006). He adores cats (and dogs), and loves to listen to and play very heavy music. He lives in Brighton with his wonderful wife Zoë, his son Zach, his crazy spaniel Ramsey and Fuzzy the cat.
'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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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!
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I would highly recommend this book to both undergraduate and postgraduate students looking to develop their research skills.
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.
I'm a second year uni student who found myself in over my head in my core statistics module. Having not pursued maths further than my GCSE B grade took me, I have always been on shaky ground when it comes to number crunching. However unlike most statiticians, Andy Field seems to understand that most people have very little in the way of natural ability at stats and he does a great job of toning down the content so it isn't so overwhelming.
His tongue-in-cheek demeanour and quirky examples might not be to everybody's taste, but it certainly helps you remember relevant bits about each test as well as evoking a few laughs along the way (hopefully!).
The SPSS element to the text is not too interlinked with the theory, meaning you can learn them separately or use it as a reference quite easily. The instructions for carrying out the tests are very easy to follow with relevant diagrams and screenshots of what is going on along with explanation of what all the components allow you to do with your data. I'm not sure what version of SPSS the screenshots are from but I use version 17.0 and all the boxes look identical.
A few reviews have mentioned the fact that there is a great deal of information in the book - to be as expected as it is 819 pages long! However Field set's things out so that the book operates on many levels (from beginner's stuff through to advanced level) indicating along the way which parts are most relevant to your ability.
As such I don't expect that I will need all of the information that this book provides at the moment but I will certainly be fully equipped to tackle the stats part of my course.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i think you either prefer Howell or this. Howell was hard but explained it all in a way i could understand, this one the style drove me up the wall whereas i found Howell... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maia
This has helped me through my quantitative psychology research methods without a doubt. I started this module knowing nothing about SPSS but with this book everything was explained... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ms. Gemma L. Ryan
Great resource and reference for users of SPSS. Arrived in double quick time and in great condition!Published 7 months ago by Bowie Penney
Very good book of statistics that provides you with the basis to build for deeper insights. :)Published 8 months ago by Pablo Ortega Auriol
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