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Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics

Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics

4th Edition

by Andy Field
Publication Date: 31/03/2013

Unrivalled in the way it makes the teaching of statistics compelling and accessible to even the most anxious of students, the only statistics textbook you and your students will ever need just got better!

With its ground-breaking structure and pedagogical approach, Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics is described as one of the most imaginative, engaging and fun-spirited textbooks of the 21st Century, a textbook that has transformed the ways in which students engage with statistics.

Andy Field’s distinctive teaching style filters into the text combining humor, a host of interesting real-world research examples and characters that play central pedagogical roles all with the intention of making complex statistical theory and SPSS material accessible for students and lecturers alike. The new edition provides better accessibility to its key features and more instructor resources to support the changing ways in which students wish to access material.

New to the 4th Edition

  • NEW - Online homework and assessment facility powered by WebAssignA® enables you, no matter your course size, to quickly and easily set regular online assignments for your students, test them securely chapter by chapter and provide them with extra opportunities to reinforce class learning through additional online practice - all backed up with immediate online feedback about their performance.
  • NEW - 'Study-on-the-Go' mobile version of the online student resources encourages students equipped with smartphones and tablets to explore further into each chapter's topic by enabling instant access to additional online learning and revision material such as the SPSS videos or answers to end of chapter questions.
  • NEW - Education and Sport Sciences online datasets and testbanks with enhanced ones for Psychology, Business and Management and the Health Sciences make the book even more relevant to a wider range of subjects across the social sciences and where statistics is taught to a cross-disciplinary audience.

Major Updates to the 4th Edition

  • Fully compatible with recent SPSS releases up to and including version 21
  • With a surprise new character to introduce them, a greater selection of webcasts including SPSS instructional videos and podcasts on the Companion Website help students walk through SPSS analyses when you can't be there to guide them, as well as to cement knowledge of concepts and procedures.
  • An overhauled and expanded testbank of multiple-choice questions for instructors to further test and monitor students' progress

Key updates to the fourth edition:

  • SAGE MobileStudy – enables students to study on the go by scanning any QR code within the book to access revision material on their smartphone or tablet.
  • WebAssign – enables instructors to manage and monitor student's progress quickly and easily online. Instructors are able to set up and schedule assignments and track individual performance. WebAssign also enables instructors to set questions for their students to practice, providing them with instant feedback whilst linking to the relevant chapter or section in the integrated e-book to help illustrate the correct solution.
  • New lecturer support materials for Education and Sport Sciences with enhanced materials for Psychology, Business and Management and the Health Sciences, making the book even more relevant to a wider range of subjects and where statistics is taught to a cross-disciplinary audience.
  • Fully compatible with recent IBM SPSS Statistics releases up to and including version 21.
  • Two new characters: Statistical cult leader Oditi provides students with access to video clips to help further understanding of statistical/SPSS concepts, while Confusius helps students to make better sense of statistical terms.
Research methods: general
Publication Date:
SAGE Publications Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
4th Edition
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Andy Field

Andy Field is Professor of Child Psychopathology at the University of Sussex. He has published over 70 research papers, 27 book chapters, and 17 books mostly on child emotional development and statistics. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and has been an associate editor and editorial board member for the British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Research Synthesis Methods.

His ability to make statistics accessible and fun has been recognized with local and national teaching awards (University of Sussex, 2001; the British Psychological Society, 2007), a prestigious UK National Teaching Fellowship (2010), and the British Psychological Society book award (2006).

Andy has been publishing with SAGE for 13 years, and we are incredibly proud to have worked with him on the development of what has become a world-wide phenomenon for teaching statistics across the social and behavioural sciences,” said Ziyad Marar, Global Publishing Director, SAGE. “Increasingly now, the higher education market is demanding interactive material that engages the student and supports their learning within a digital environment.

The work we have done on the new edition meets this need in an innovative and highly effective way, but at its heart this book will always be the unique expression of an extraordinarily gifted author with a passion for teaching. SAGE was founded on the belief that a true education creates healthy minds and healthy cultures, and Andy Field's 4th edition is an iconic example of that mission.”

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