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SPSS - Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software

SPSS - Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software

The SPSS: Interactive Introduction to SPSS Statistical Software Module is designed to provide an introductory level, interactive lesson that operates within SPSS in order that students can do the exercises, using the regular version of SPSS, during the lesson. While it is designed for social science students who have successfully completed a lower division introductory statistics course, the Module could be used in a variety of settings, including lower division research methods, upper division applied research, or master's thesis supervision groups. The Module is divided into 8 sections, learning how to set-up a data entry page, working with variables, i.e. combine or move, performing descriptive statistical analysis, and conducting a simple analysis.

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John Stewart
John Stewart (Faculty)
8 years ago

This module has a significant advantage over the typical textbook, where the instructions about what to do are separated from the relevant SPSS screen shots, if there are any. It does require that the student actually read and follow the instructions given in Pp slides that hover above the SPSS window that the student has opened. A useful, but more complex addition, might be to embed in the Pp slides some video playback consisting of screen captures with narration. This would greatly increase the size of the Pp slides, but my students, if not most students today, like to be shown how to do things, rather than reading about it.

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I did not load the special software to see if it would keep the Pp slide show hovering above the SPSS screen while working in that screen. The Pp slides showing the different survey responses that were used in the date entry process had circles drawn around different responses, as in a real survey. However, these circles were not properly aligned over the possible responses on survey show in the Pp slide.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes reviewing 4 of the Pp instructional slide shows.