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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.
This is the go-to statistics textbook for novice and experienced health and social care researchers. I recommend to all my students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and use it frequently for my own research.
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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.
Students learn step by step how they should analyse data and and interpret output. very well structured.
One of my go to books for stats for help in SPSS. Highly recommended.
Very good overview of both statistics and SPSS. Easy to read and to follow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Probably this will be replaced with the R version of the textbook, as per the limitations of SPSS. The textbook itself - a masterpiece!
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.
This book is perfect for introducing students to SPSS and is written accessibly which means it can be used for students new to the topic as well as covering more advanced topics. It's the perfect text to support statistics teaching on this module.
This was a bit too complex for the level of ability of our students on this specific module.
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.
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: