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Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS

Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS

Second Edition
  • Daniel Muijs - Academica University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
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December 2010 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Introduction to Quantitative Research
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
Designing Non-Experimental Studies
Validity, Reliability and Generalizability
Introduction to PASW Statistics (IBM SPSS) and the Data Set
Univariate Statistics
Bivariate Analysis: Comparing Two Groups
Bivariate Analysis: Looking at the Relationship between Two Variables
Multivariate Analysis: Using Regression Models to Look at the Relationship between Several Predictors and One Dependent Variable
Using Analysis of Variance to Compare More Than Two Groups
Developing Scales and Measures: Item and Factor Analysis
One Step beyond: Introduction to Multilevel Modeling and Structural Equation Modeling

'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

Well written and easy to understand for beginners and has sufficient depth of topic coverage for masters level dissertations for social science students

Mrs Natalia Lavrushkina
School of Tourism, Bournemouth University
October 4, 2015

This book has enabled me understand how to use SPSS effectively.

Dr Olga Ververi
Education Studies, Liverpool Hope University
October 26, 2015

This book is very easy to read and well structured. The concepts associated with quantitative research are explained succinctly with useful screen shots/diagrams/images/graphs etc to aid comprehension.

Mrs Yvette Winnard
Allied Health and Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University
February 4, 2014

Easy to read book with very useful companion website and SPSS dataset to practise with. Questions for students to consider at the end of each chapter with answers and guidance also on the website.

Dr Rachel Shanks
School of Education, Aberdeen University
May 17, 2013

More suited to higher level courses.
Good as a library book to dip into when researching methods but too much for our research project. Recommend if as a reference book in the library.

Ms Helen Thomas
Secondary & Post-Compulsory Education, Birmingham City University
February 28, 2013

For students who need support and guidance in using SPSS

Ms Julia Lindley-Baker
SCEI, Bishop Grosseteste College
November 1, 2012

Excellent textbook for an introductory quantitative data analysis class.

Dr Simon Kim
Ed Psych Admin Counsel Dept, California State University - Long Beach
September 28, 2012

This book will act as an excellent guide for undergraduate education students in their core research methods modules. It provides a detailed introduction to some key issues regarding the research design process, whilst also offering step-by-step guidance for using the key features of the SPSS package in relation to educational research.

Mr Stuart Whigham
Education, St Mary's University College, Twickeham
June 22, 2012

An excellent book which details the use of SPSS in every eventuality. Packed with clear, well annotated diagrams and examples, this book guides the novice quantitative researcher through the processes of setting up and analysing data sets, with exercises to complete along the way. A highly recommend source book.

Mr David Leask
Education , University of Manchester
February 22, 2012

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