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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (27 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340983442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340983447
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 3.3 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is an excellent book. It covers the topic well but in simple language. I am going to recommend it to all of my students." - Abbygail Shrubb, Lecturer, University Centre at Blackburn College, UK

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Hugh Coolican is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Coventry, a Chartered Psychologist and external examiner at The Open University and Staffordshire University.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By N M BARRETT on 7 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
I have had to read many books to understand statistics at University. This is an excellent book for those beginning stats, in fact the best I've ever bought. The tables can be a bit difficult to read, however, it is explained in such easy terms, and is very humourous and well-written. It really made sense of stats for me
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kelly P. Vincent on 18 Jan 2003
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This is a pretty good introduction to statistics, especially for complete beginners. I had to buy it for a course, and at first wasn't too impressed with it, primarily because of the writing style. The author keeps the tone very light and says many jokes and funny things, which never bothered me. What did irritate me was that he also has a tendency to really "dumb-down" everything, to the point where you feel like it has been written for younger students, rather than university students (which I gather it sort of was).
However, I figured out after working my way through the course that the text is actually pretty good: it covers several statistical tests that other texts skip. Tests detailed include: binomial sign test, Chi-square, Wilcoxon matched pairs signed ranks, Mann-Whitney U, Wilcoxon rank sum, t test, Pearson's correlation, Spearman's rho, regression (including multiple), Kruskal-Wallis, Jonkheere trend, Friedman, Page trend, ANOVA (one-way, two-way, more-than-two-way, unrelated and related), MANOVA, ANCOVA. It also covers the design of experiments in detail. And the author really does make an effort to explain everything fully, for readers who have neither a statistical background nor even a strong maths background. It serves as a really good reference, even if reading it is a bit painful.
In short, I doubt this is the best statistics book out there, but it is the best statistics reference book I've seen yet. So I would recommend it if you are starting from scratch. But if you are comfortable with maths or even basic statistics, I wouldn't bother this book, as I'm sure you'll find it as irritating to read as I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Swan on 29 Oct 2011
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While this book is an easy read, and will suit those of a less numerical disposition, it won't suit everyone. I am not overly numerical in my thinking, but even I thought the "writing for novices" style was overdone. How dumb does he think people reading this book will be? He appears to assume a primary school level of maths ability. It was almost like the author was talking down to me in a condescending way at times.

In relation, there was too much repetition of key points, and too many examples of those points. I would often understand a point in the first sentence, which is a credit to Coolican's explanatory style, but 3 paragraphs and two example-boxes later I am still reading the same thing and thinking "Alright! i get it already!". Not being concise enough was a big downfall here, as it is in many books, which could be attributed to authors thinking more of the page-count than the readers time.

However, the ease of reading and the "sympathetic" style made it possible to grasp the key points without going back and reading them again.

I don't appreciate doing the exercises at the end of the chapters, only to come to the answers and read "there is no answer to this question", which just means the author couldn't be bothered with one. If you think it's a worthy question, then you must be able to produce a worthy answer, even if it's one possible answer from many, or a general or ambigious one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on 19 Oct 2003
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When this arrived I was lost on my first psychology report, the easy to follow instructions helped me through. I will continue to let it guide me and recommend it to all other psychology students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Psychobio on 27 Mar 2009
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This is an excellent book for A level GCE and degree level Psychology - and probably for other subjects as well. It provides clear descriptions and explanations of methods for a wide variety of research, quantitative and qualitative. Examples are given and these are helpful for the struggling student. Rather than being a 'dry' book, Coolican manages to inject some humour and keep the interest going, even for students who are reluctant to get involved with statistics and other aspects of research. This is the best book I have found for this subject; it is very helpful.
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Psychology students are too often terrified of the more rigorous elements in their discipline: the business of design, measurement, assessment, statistical testing and interpretation.

Hugh Coolican's work is pitched at precisely the right level: Not so basic as to be patronising, not so elevated as to be impenetrable. His language is splendid: he presents rigorous concepts clearly yet light-heartedly, holds the reader's hand from first principles and rationales for the various approaches, methods and techniques involved in good research to the use of SPSS (command by command) and the interpretation of outcomes. Refreshingly, his section on qualitative and mixed methods is strong and very rationally assessed, an element that is too often missing from other books on research methods.

Along the way students have an opportunity to check their own understanding through intelligently organised and presented self-test questions.

As a Psychology teacher as well as postgraduate student I can recommend this book without any reservation at all; it belongs in every serious Psychology student's bookcase.
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