This OPEN TEXTBOOK is intended for those who want to learn the basics of SPSS (Version 22). This book can be used as a text in a class or by those working independently. It was written as a tutorial. Each chapter has instructions that guide you through a series of problems, as well as graphics showing you what your screen should look like at various steps in the process. Two data sets accompany the text, GSS12A and Countries. These data sets can be downloaded from this website. There are also exercises at the end of each chapter for further practice and more exercises and teaching modules at this same web site. In order to use the software that you will need for this book, you will either have to purchase SPSS or find a computer laboratory in which SPSS has been installed. Most colleges and universities have labs where you can use SPSS. If you purchase SPSS, we suggest you buy the Graduate Pack.
Type of Material:
Open textbook, tutorial, training material.
I would use this in a research/statistics course. It would supplement other course materials. It could be used In-class, as homework, or as an individual assignment.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
This is an open textbook that covers the basics of SPSS (version 22). It contains eight chapters covering: getting started with SPSS (navigating), creating a data file, recoding/creating variables, univariate statistical procedures, crosstabs, comparing means, correlation and regression, multivariate analysis, presenting data. After working through the tutorial the student will be able to apply data analysis and basic statistical operations using SPSS. The student will be able to compute various statistical measures using various data sets and able to evaluate the use of statistical measures in research.
Target Student Population:
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer operations, introductory statistics, introduction to social research and quantitative methods courses.
This is an excellent resource for learning SPSS and statistical procedures, interpretation and presentation. It would be easy for anyone to work through the step by step instructions, including screen shots of the program and tables. Additional exercises are included to encourage the reinforcement of the material. The textbook trains learners on SPSS operations, tools, and data analysis. Learners use valid, reliable data sets to explore statistical measures.
SPSS software is required.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Learning SPSS and statistics can be daunting for students. This open text provides an easy to follow introduction to using SPSS for statistical analysis. This book and the exercises could easily be assigned as homework with in a statistics course. It is self-directed (students may complete at their own pace)and the exercises are an effective tool to measure student learning. Each exercise aligns with basic statistical concepts and SPSS operations required in introductory social science courses.
Students must have basic knowledge of statistics and research methods to ensure progression and efficiency of learning statistical operations and tools.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Anyone interested in learning SPSS and basic statistical analysis would be engaged with the data sets and are challenged to critical think about the information provided by statistics. It slowly builds skills and continually uses skills previously learned. Exercises provide practical applications of statistical measures using SPSS.
Learners have to change data file extensions for use in SPSS,
Other Issues and Comments:
It is an effective teaching tool for statistics and quantitative research method courses requiring SPSS for data analysis. Everyone is looking to lower text costs for students. This a a fantastic free resource for students and instructors of methods/stat courses.
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