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  • Spiral-bound: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 5 edition (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335262589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335262588
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Julie Pallant has spent many years helping students overcome 'statistics phobia'. She is Associate Professor and Director of Research and Graduate Studies in the Rural Health Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne. She has worked as a counselling psychologist, and has taught psychology, statistics and research methods at a number of universities.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AH on 16 Aug. 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is very clear and easy to understand. Very little statistical knowledge is required to progress through the text, as key concepts are well defined in the introductions to each section. This book would be perfect for undergraduates who are just starting with statistics, but could also be a helpful quick reference to have around for those with more advanced statistical knowledge. There are some higher level statistical techniques that are not covered in this text that other books may touch on (multilevel modelling for example) - however, this book is aimed at those just starting out with SPSS and statistics and covers the major analyses typically encountered in research or coursework.

Although parts of the book can be a bit text heavy, a step-by-step how to is included for each statistical test outlined in the book so it is possible to skip ahead if needed (and it is still less text heavy than other stats/SPSS books I have used!)

There are also detailed instructions on how to interpret the output of your analyses, including information on how to present the results, which are ideal for those who do not have much experience with scientific publications or scientific writing style.

I was particularly pleased to see a section regarding how to choose the correct statistical test to use, as many undergraduate courses (and even masters courses) gloss over this process.

The spiral binding allows for the book to be laid open on your desk, which is quite helpful as you're working through an analysis. The cover is a bit flimsy though, and easily bent/tattered - would have been good to have a hardback (although more expensive).

Overall, this book is a great resource for £30. I would definitely recommend to anyone starting out with SPSS!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Clements on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
I have taught research methods to both first year and second year psychology students. I have also supervised a number of dissertation students. In my experience it is statistical analysis that often causes the most concern to students. This text offers a straight forward guide to using SPSS, beginning with the basics of data entry. The book covers the quantitative statistical tests that undergraduate students are likely to come across, conveying information in an easy to understand manner. I would certainly recommend this to students who are struggling with research methods, or perhaps need some additional confidence.

It should be noted that the text addresses statistical analysis in SPSS only, so students needing more detail on research design, data collection etc will need to acquire a supplemental source of information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jillian Hobson on 7 Aug. 2013
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This book provides an excellent introduction to using SPSS for data analysis. The book begins with an overview of study design and preparing your data file. It then moves on to providing a very practical guide to analysis. It explains when you would use particular statistics and provides a clear procedure to follow in order to conduct the analysis. Additionally it provides a detailed overview of how to interpret and report the statistics. I particularly liked the focus given to non-parametric statistics which many books only gloss over, however it was a bit strange to see them before the parametric stats.

The book provides very clear examples making this an invaluable resource for undergraduate students. It is a bit text heavy and more illustrations could have been used to break up the text but the explanations are clear and very straightforward.

Overall I feel the book is an excellent beginners guide and is perfect for undergraduate students. So for those looking to delve a bit deeper into statistics then this book may not be for you. Nonetheless it makes for a handy addition to anyones stats book collection.
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By RW on 28 Aug. 2013
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This is a great and handy book on SPSS and covers a range of topics in SPSS. The book is split into 5 easy to use sections and covers topics from how to get started using SPSS to how to use some statistical tests in SPSS. Part 1 (getting started) looks at planning studies and the basics of SPSS (such as opening data files, saving data files) while part 2 (preparing the data file) looks at entering data and defining variables. Part 3 then looks at prelimary analysis including descriptive statistics and graphs. Parts 4 and 5 then look at some statistical tests such as correlation, ANOVA's and MANOVA. These sections are clear and easy to follow and would be useful for anyone whether they are looking to just start using SPSS or are a more experienced user - it is a very handy book to have on the bookshelf.

The book is written in a accessible way and when reading it you never feel out of your depth reading it. There are also a lot of images in the book (e.g. of output, graphs, tables) allowing you to see what exactly should be appearning on the computer screen when you work through the content of the book - this is really useful - helping users to spot easily if they've made any errors. The chapters also have additional examples that readers can work through to get some practice and there is some really good online content that goes along with the book.

This a very useful book. It is easy to use, accessible to read and has a lot of examples to help as well. Bearing this in mind it is definetly a 5 star book.
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