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Published: 19 February 2015

504 Pages | With illustrations


ISBN: 9780195444292

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Understanding Social Statistics

A Student's Guide to Navigating the Maze

Lance W. Roberts, Jason Edgerton, Tracey Peter, and Lori Wilkinson

  • Integrated computer software guidance. One of the 5 steps in the 5-step learning approach includes instruction in using computer software. Often relegated to an appendix in statistics text, Roberts et al. offer guidance and support in using applications like SPSS directly in the narrative, as part of the learning process.
  • Familiar contexts. Understanding Social Statistics puts the core concepts and techniques of statistics into familiar and non-threatening contexts via examples and sample problems, making the challenge of learning to calculate and interpret data easier.
  • Proven 5-step learning approach. Used, honed, and perfected by the authors over semesters of use in their own statistics courses, this learning method provides a predictable structure to each chapter and is a proven approach to student engagement and success with the basics of statistics.
  • Emphasis on how statistics "works." Practice problems and exercises encourage students to learn the hand calculations as well as the steps in using computer software to analyze and interpret data to ensure they understand the fundamentals of concepts instead of memorizing by rote.
  • Conversational narrative. An accessible, easy-to-understand, and uncomplicated writing style furthers the text's aim to be a practical and effective tool for helping students overcome their fears about studying statistics.

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