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Daniel Muijs
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30 Dec 2010 1849203245 978-1849203241 Second Edition
This 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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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (30 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849203245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849203241
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor Daniel Muijs is Chair of Education at the University of Southampton. Previously he worked as Pedagogy and Teacher Development at the University of Manchester, School of Education. 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 Effectiveness and School Leadership 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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'This is a book that even the most confirmed qualitative researcher can highly recommend to students. And for any course in quantitative methods it would be my first choice. The clear and interesting communicative style draws in the reader both to an understanding of some of the basis building blocks of quantitative research but also to some of answers to critiques of certain ways of using statistics. Those wanting just to be able to understand quantitative research as well as the statistically unsure wanting to use it are unlikely to be disappointed. There is a growing need for Daniel Muijs's text also in order to respond to the burgeoning in interest in mixed methodology' -
Professor Liz Todd, Newcastle University

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars At last! Stats for beginners, with SPSS 11 Aug 2004
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At last, a book that not only explains statistics for educational research clearly, accurately and accessibly, but also gives step-by-step instructions - with screen shots - for how to carry out each procedure using SPSS. Muijs' book is a must-have for every education major, as well as for arts graduates doing postgraduate qualifications in education. I will be using it this year to introduce my postgrads, most of whom have backgrounds in the arts, to the stats they need for their courses; and I'll urge them to buy their own copies. This will not only give them a ready reference book, but will also, I'm sure, reduce significantly the numbers of anguished emails and last-minute one-to-one tutorials I succumb to in the frantic fortnight before term papers are due. Bless your heart, Daniel Muijs.
Catherine Walter, Institute of Education, University of London
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent choice for novices who use SPSS 10 Feb 2007
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This book is a sort of hybrid, crossing a primer on basic stats with an SPSS manual. Having already had a basic introduction to research stats, I would have preferred it if the book would have dispensed with the basic stats and provided more depth and more examples in SPSS, including factor analyses and more information on general linear model calculations. That said, if you're looking for an introduction to or a refresher on research statistics including research design, validity, reliability and generalizability plus some guidance on applying this information to SPSS, this would a good choice.

The general information on statistics is nothing groundbreaking, but it is described in an informal, almost conversational tone with plenty of examples from education research. The book's strength is showing you exactly how to run each test in SPSS, including screen shots. Another plus is the guidance in interpreting SPSS output. In my experience, one of the biggest challenges in interpreting results with SPSS is that more information than you need is provided. The screen shots used in this book help to clarify by circling relevant information and discussing why it is relevant. Those who are more advanced in their understanding of statistics may find this annoying, though, because the author tends to dismiss output as "not important", when it does have an underlying purpose.

The book does lose a few points for the numerous spelling errors the editor let get through (a typical example is in the Table of contents : "Want is ANOVA?").

If you're looking for more in-depth information on research statistics that's also understandable to novices as well as those with additional experience (but no SPSS), I HIGHLY recommend "Your Statistical Consultant" by Newton & Rudestam. For SPSS, I haven't used it myself, but I have had Norusis' "SPSS Guide to Data Analysis" recommended to me by both professors and grad students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally: Stats for beginners, with SPSS 11 Aug 2004
By Catherine Walter - Published on Amazon.com
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At last, a book that not only explains statistics for educational research clearly, accurately and accessibly, but also gives step-by-step instructions - with screen shots - for how to carry out each procedure using SPSS. Muijs' book is a must-have for every education major, as well as for arts graduates doing postgraduate qualifications in education. I will be using it this year to introduce my postgrads, most of whom have backgrounds in the arts, to the stats they need for their courses; and I'll urge them to buy their own copies. This will not only give them a ready reference book, but will also, I'm sure, reduce significantly the numbers of anguished emails and last-minute one-to-one tutorials I succumb to in the frantic fortnight before term papers are due. Bless your heart, Daniel Muijs.

Catherine Walter, Institute of Education, University of London
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5.0 out of 5 stars help for doc students 25 Sep 2010
By Gail L. Hooker - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a lifesaver. I'm working on my doctoral thesis and like the Lone Ranger, this book came to my rescue!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for SPSS and quantitative statistics 27 Mar 2014
By Kristy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great, easy to read, step-by-step book. Even if you are math-phobic, this book is very useful and the screen shots are great.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SPSS Resource 18 Feb 2013
By Michael S. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book helped me perform my data analysis for my education dissertation. Outstanding book. Muijs covers all of the basics, and gets into some advanced topics.

Overall a great SPSS resource book. Highly recommend.
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