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Andy Field
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31 Mar 2013 1446249182 978-1446249185 Fourth Edition

Unrivalled in the way it makes the teaching of statistics compelling and accessible to even the most anxious of students, the only statistics textbook you and your students will ever need just got better! 

Lecturers/instructors - request a free digital inspection copy here or, if outside of Europe, here

With a little help from his weird band of characters, Andy Field has transformed the way students engage with statistics. The Fourth Edition of the award-winning book continues, with its unique blend of humour and collection of bizarre examples, to bring statistics - from first principles to advanced concepts - well and truly to life using IBM SPSS Statistics.

WebAssign® - manage and monitor your student's progress quickly and easily online  or give them more opportunities to practise! 
Choose to use WebAssign® alongside the new Fourth Edition of Andy Field's textbook and in moments you can set up courses and schedule assignments (using the  2159 questions available) and track individual performance so you can spot in an instant where more instruction or practice is needed. WebAssign® lets you set questions for your students to practise over and over again. They get instant feedback and also links to the relevant chapter or section in the integral ebook to help them work out the correct solution.

For more information on how to integrate WebAssign® into a forthcoming course or to arrange a class test please contact your local SAGE representative for more details. (Students please note: access to WebAssign® is dependent not only on the purchase of a student access code (ISBN: 9781446273043) but also a username, institution code and password supplied by your course leader/instructor).

SAGE MobileStudy - study where and when you like
Scan any QR code within the book to access revision material on a smartphone or tablet such as Cramming Sam's Study tips, flashcard glossaries, interactive multiple choice questionnaires and more. Click here to take a look (if you're accessing the site from a desktop you'll be taken to the Companion Website instead; look out for the MobileStudy icon to show you which pages are also available on the MobileStudy site).

See how Andy's book is changing the landscape for textbooks through the use of technology!

Support materials for a wide range of disciplines
Education and Sport Sciences lecturer support materials with enhanced ones for Psychology, Business and Management and the Health Sciences on the enhanced Companion Website make the book even more relevant to a wider range of subjects across the social sciences and where statistics is taught to a cross-disciplinary audience.

Other major new updates include:

  • Now fully compatible with recent IBM SPSS Statistics releases up to and including version 21.
  • Two new characters! Statistical cult leader Oditi provides students with access to video clips via his Lantern to help further understanding of statistical/SPSS concepts, while Confusius helps students to make better sense of statistical terms.
  • The enhanced Companion Website offers plenty of lecturer and student material to use in conjunction with the textbook. These include PowerPoints and subject-specific testbanks for lecturers as well as answers to the Smart Alex tasks at the end of the each chapter; datafiles for testing problems in SPSS; flashcards of key concepts; self-assessment multiple-choice questions; and online videos of key statistical and SPSS procedures discussed in the textbook for students.

Video Links

  • Go behind the scenes of the Fourth Edition, and find out about the man behind the book
  • Watch Andy introduce SAGE MobileStudy
  • Ask Andy Anything: Teaching stats... and Robbie Williams' head
  • Ask Andy Anything: Gibson or Fender
  • Ask Andy Anything: The one part of the book Andy hated writing

 


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  • Paperback: 952 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Fourth Edition edition (31 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446249182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446249185
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 19.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,990 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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I think this is a really good starting point for teaching stats – from assuming students knows nothing about and taking them gradually to a more advanced understanding. The book is – very helpfully- full of interesting examples and engaging style of writing. I like it that the book has several ‘levels of difficulty’ and engages both with practical stats and theory. The book I believe is targeted at UG students mainly, but some chapters can be recommended to MA students on research methods courses provided that they know nothing about statistics – the book is written in a very accessible manner which means that it can satisfy the need of international students in terms of level of difficulty and language (and business programmes normally have a lot of international students at MA level). The explanations are logically organized and explained in a lucid and clear manner. Little features like ‘faces’ I believe would make the book more attractive to UG students. I think self-test questions and the tasks at the end of chapter are very helpful, as well as the real world data and (often humorous) examples. My course is MA so I am not adopting this book for a course as a main text, but I may recommend it to students who are completely unfamiliar with statistics. (Maria Karepova)

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think I am finally 'getting' statistics 10 Aug 2013
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I have had a fear of numbers since school, as my teacher showed little patience towards those of us who found statistics harder than the A grade students.

As part of my psychology degree I have been forced to confront this fear. The modules at university have been dry to say the least, and this certainly makes learning more challenging. I was recommended this book and it has made statistics much more, dare I say, 'fun' for me to learn. My confidence is gradually growing; I thought it might be that I am just not intelligent enough to understand all this, but the book is proving me wrong :)

I don't think statistics comes easy to me and I am having to re-read bits of the book to remember different concepts as there is a lot of learn but I have no doubt that it will sink in. This is not a reflection on the book or the way it is written by the way, it is just me having trouble with retaining lots of information.

The book is great; it goes through statistical concepts and analyses starting from 1st year undergraduate to 3rd year and beyond, so things get more challenging as you go through the book. It also helps you learn how to use SPSS, which isn't overly complicated once you know your way around it, and Andy gives some humorous examples when explaining different statistical concepts which make the reading a lot easier. I would highly recommend this book to undergraduate students and postgraduate. Also check out Andy's website 'statistics hell' which has video tutorials and handouts which are equally as useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good way around the numbers in statistics! 29 Jun 2013
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I think the book delivers exactly what it promises. There's no magic or mumbo jumbo, but a good straight forward way of describing what is what and what can be done in certain situations, as well some good examples for Psychology.

It has a certain amount of humour in it too - which is really good considering the topic and how most of us feel about it.

All in all great....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 22 Jun 2013
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I enjoyed the book. The language is very nice and the book covers almost every aspect of SPSS I need for my research. I'm MD and PhD (20 articles as a first author). The book is highly recommended both for beginners and for advanced users. Good job, Andy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 8 Jan 2014
By Mazepka
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As every work by Andy Field, this is a great book for learning statistics with a dose of humour and light illustrative writing. Delivered on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for psych students 22 Nov 2013
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I hate statistics but this book actually made them bearable. Funny and easy to read, plenty of useful excercises and helpful hints
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 15 Nov 2013
By JackBox
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Well written book for entry level and advanced SPSS users. Nice stories and good explanations of the base statistical methods.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book for understanding daunting stats 4 Nov 2013
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Stats is boring but at least this helps us understand what is going on a bit. Also very helpful tips for using SPSS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its extremely user friendly! 4 Dec 2013
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Andy Fields is quite something. His approach to introducing both simple and more complex statistical concepts is quite unique. This book will be useful for undergrads, postgrads and PhD students alike. Highly recommended
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