Social Statistics for a Diverse Society

ISBN-10: 1412968836
ISBN-13: 9781412968836
Edition: 5th 2009
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List price: $130.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Publication date: 11/12/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 616
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.926
Language: English

This edition includes SPSS student version 17.0 software bundled with the Student Resource CD material. With this important resource, students may work with most data sets from their personal computers. Using straightforward prose and emphasizing intuition and common sense, this book teaches basic statistics while incorporating real research examples related to the dynamic interplay of race, class, gender and other social variables within our society and our global neighbours. The text includes resources designed to support effective teaching: illustrations showing how statistical concepts are used to interpret social issues, guides for reading and interpreting the research literature, SPSS demonstrations, and a rich variety of exercises. This new edition has been substantially reorganized, to include: " Descriptive and inferential statistics in discrete units, followed by coverage of data analysis. " Social issues beyond race and gender, for example, class and mobility. " New end-of-chapter exercises " A fresh data set for criminology and social work. " Fully updated features, including 'Learning Checks', 'Statistics in Practice', 'A Closer Look' boxes and other helpful devices.

Chava Frankfort-Nachmias is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the coauthor of Research Methods in the Social Sciences (with David Nachmias),nbsp;coeditor of Sappho in the Holy Land (with Erella Shadmi) and numerous publications on ethnicitynbsp;and development, urban revitalization, science and gender, and women in Israel. She was thenbsp;recipient of the University of Wisconsin System teaching improvement grant on integrating race,nbsp;ethnicity, and gender into the social statistics and research methods curriculum. She is also thenbsp;coauthor (with Anna Leon-Guerrero) of Social Statistics for a Diverse Society .

Anna Leon-Guerrero is a Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. Shenbsp;received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She teaches coursesnbsp;in statistics, social theory, and social problems. Her areas of research and publications include familynbsp;business, social welfare policy, and social service program evaluation. She is also the author ofnbsp; Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action .

Preface
The What and Why of Statistics
The Research Process Asking Research Questions
The Role of Theory Formulating the Hypothesis Collecting Data Analyzing Data and Evaluating the Hypotheses Looking at Social Differences
Organization of Information: Frequency Distributions
Frequency Distributions Proportions and Percentages Percentage Distributions Comparisons
Statistics in Practice: Labor Force Participation Among Latinos
The Construction of Frequency Distributions Cumulative Distributions Rates Statistics in Practice
Marriage and Divorce Rates Over Time Reading the Research Literature: Statistical Tables
Conclusion
Graphic Presentation
The Pie Chart: Race and Ethnicity of the Elderly
The Bar Graph: Living Arrangements and Labor Force Participation of the Elderly
The Statistical Map: The Distribution of the Elderly
The Histogram Statistics in Practice: The "Graying" of America
The Frequency Polygon Time Series Charts Statistics in Practice: Diversity at a Glance
Measures of Central Tendency
The Mode The Median
The Mean The Shape of the Distribution
Television and Education Considerations for Choosing a Measure of Central Tendency
Measures of Variability
The Importance of Measuring Variability
The Index of Qualitative Variation (IQV)
A Brief Introduction
The Range
The Interquartile Range: Increases in Elderly Population
The Box Plot
The Variance and the Standard Deviation Considerations for Choosing a Measure of Variation Reading the Research Literature
Differences in College Aspirations and Expectations Among Latino Adolescents
The Normal Distribution
Properties of the Normal Distribution Standard (Z) Scores
The Standard Normal Distribution
The Standard Normal Table A Final Note
Sampling and Sampling Distribution
Aims of Sampling Some Basic Principles of Probability Probability Sampling
The Concept of Sampling Distributions
The Sampling Distribution of the Mean
The Central Limit Theorem
Estimation
Estimation Defined Procedures for Estimating
Confidence Intervals for Means Statistics in Practice
Hispanic Migration and Earnings Confidence Intervals for Proportions Statistics in Practice
The Democratic Presidential Nomination
Testing Hypotheses
Assumptions of Statistical Hypothesis Testing Stating the Research and Null Hypotheses Determining What Is Sufficiently Improbable
Probability Values and Alpha The Five Steps in Hypothesis Testing
A Summary Errors in Hypothesis Testing Testing Hypotheses
About Two Samples The Sampling Distribution of the Difference Between Means
The Five Steps in Hypothesis Testing About Difference Between Means
A Summary Testing the Significance of the Difference Between Two Sample Proportions
Relationship Between two Variables: Cross-Tabulation
Independent and Dependent Variables How to Construct a Bivariate Table
Race and Home Ownership How to Compute Percentages in a Bivariate Table
How to Deal With Ambiguous Relationships Between
Two Variables Reading the Research Literature
Place of Death in America
The Properties of a Bivariate Relationship Elaboration Statistics in Practice
Family Support fort he Transition From High School
The Chi-Square Test
The Concept of the Chi-Square as a Statistical Test
The Concept of Statistical Independence
The Structure of Hypothesis Testing With Chi-Square
The Limitations of the Chi-Square Test
Sample Size and Statistical Significance Statistics in Practice
Education and Health Assement Reading the Research Literature
Sibling Cooperation and Academic Achievement

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