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Andy Field has done it again. The fourth edition of Discovering Statistics will transform students who approach statistics with fear and loathing into adroit statistics users who understand key statistical concepts. Field’s book is a practical ‘how to’ guide for conducting and understanding basic and advanced statistical analyses using IBM SPSS Statistics. The book is geared toward behavioural and social sciences researchers at all levels – from undergraduates taking their very first statistics course, to postgraduates.
I think this is a really good starting point for teaching stats – from assuming students knows nothing about and taking them gradually to a more advanced understanding. The book is – very helpfully- full of interesting examples and engaging style of writing. I like it that the book has several ‘levels of difficulty’ and engages both with practical stats and theory.
Chapters do not provide a section on reporting results in APA format
Probably this will be replaced with the R version of the textbook, as per the limitations of SPSS. The textbook itself - a masterpiece!
This book makes it easier for students and researchers to understand the many applications of statistics in social science. I found that the content of the book was explained in a straightforward, simple, accessible manner, with some rather amusing 'real-life' examples to illustrate the points being made by the author. Furthermore, the author explains in greater detail what the statistics is, why we use it, what the estimation is and all of this is done by providing a step-by-step approach.
If you are looking for a statistics book that is entertaining, gives a good insight into psychological science through its examples AND teaches you how to use SPSS, then this book is the best thing to ever happen to you.
I enjoyed it very much. Students have more motivation to actually understand how an analysis works and not let someone else calculate it for them. Furthermore one can just pick a favourite program as the book exists not only for SPSS but also R.
Discovering Statistics is a lot more fun with Andy Field on your side! The fourth edition is more colourful than the second one and comes with updated syntax commands. The only downside I find is that the pages of the paperback-version are very thin and do not seem to be very robust. This is a real pitty, because the content of this book is a study-lifetime companion for students of all kinds in all stages!
Andy Field is knowledgeable and provides good instruction for using SPSS. I do not recommend the book to teach statistics, even though he provides a brief review of the basics.
The first four chapters are filled long-winded stories that eventually come around to the point; my students have complained that it is difficult to find specific information among the verbosity. Therefore, I recommend this as a reference for students as they learn SPSS but not for teaching or reviewing statistical methods.
This book cover the adequate range of techniques in a sufficient level of detail and allows variation in the depth with which the students review the materials.
Really great book for students at all levels. I recommend it for my class in experimental psychology (Emiriepraktikum) and students working on their B Sc or M Sc thesis in our group. Unfortunately, our department switched to R lately, so I am afraid that I need to go for a different version.
Very good overview of both statistics and SPSS. Easy to read and to follow.
One of the best statistics book, I`ve read. Andy Filed will help us to discover the broader picture of statistical methods. It also calls attention to statistical terms that mean the same thing. My students like it.
An excellent and comprehensive overview of statistics and how to use SPSS.
I would highly recommend to any students using quantitative methods. From beginner to more advanced, there is something here for everyone.
This book introduces students comprehensively to designing and reporting experiments and if you are familiar with scientific research, you can also use it as a reference book. The logic is easy to follow and easy to understand.
Unfortunately there are statements in Chapter 5 Inferential Statistics that puzzle me:
This book is remarkable for it’s the first statistics (using SPSS) book with a personal note. The author has the ability to write comprehensively. Appropriate to refer to.
The book is widely used in Psychology. Nevertheless, the book is very easy to understand and can be used for students from all years. It is a very useful textbook equips students with essential quantitative research methods skills and how to use SPSS.
Wow what a fantastic book! Andy Field's humour and approachable writing style almost makes statistics fun, breaking down challenging concepts into understandable steps whilst charming us with the developing romance between Brian Haemorrhage and Jane Superbrain. I am confident that students will appreciate the effort taken to make what can be a dry topic engaging and enlightening.
Simple, clear, language
Easy to follow
Good organization of contents
Content quality and relevance for students
A simple guide to SPSS and statistics. Student friendly book.
I have found this useful to enhance my own knowledge and support dissertation supervision