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Social Statistics for a Diverse Society

ISBN-10: 0761987436

ISBN-13: 9780761987437

Edition: 3rd 2002

Authors: Chava Frankfort-Nachmias, Anna Leon-Guerrero

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 Features/Benefits: A close link between the practice of statistics, important social issues, and real-world examples this shows students that in the social sciences there is a constant interplay between social concerns and the methods of inquiry and investigation. Informal writing style Coupled with the use of real-world example, the conversational writing style results in a book that is more accessible and engaging for students. A focus on race, class and gender pervades the book - this emphasis on diversity sets the book apart from others in the field and mirrors the major emphasis in the social sciences today. Reading the Research Literature sections in most chapters help student read and interpret statistical information in professional and scholarly publications. Integration and Review Chapters- Chs. 9 and 15 review the two halves of the book for descriptive and inferential statistics, respectively. These two chapters help students understand the interconnectedness of concepts presented in Chs. 2-8 and 10 14, while testing their abilities to cumulatively apply their knowledge. Boxes and Learning Checks in chapters Throughout the book are found Boxes that contain information on statistics in practice and insightful tips on using various techniques. The Learning Checks allow students to test their understanding of concepts just presented. Emphasis on Computing SPSS for Windows is used throughout the book in conjunction with General Social Survey data to introduce students to one of the most commonly used analytical software packages in the field. At the end of each chapter is a demonstration of a related SPSS procedure, along with a set of exercises. New to This Edition: Clearer and more concise presentation of topics. Extensive revision to Chapter 13, Testing Hypotheses about Two Samples. Two supplemental electronic chapters for multiple regression and analysis of multivariates. New student CD bundled with each copy of text. The CD includes the two e-chapters, 3 GSS data sets, a National Geographic data set with accompanying exercises, a SPSS demo, and more. SPSS version 11.0. Packaged with this text, on an optional basis, is SPSS Student Version 11.0. Instructors Manual on CD-ROM with significant teaching support materials: testbank, PowerPoint slides, and more. This groundbreaking textbook uses real-world research examples and data to provide a revealing introduction to social science statistics. The Third Edition of this widely adopted text effectively links social issues and sociological concepts with statistical techniques. Realizing that students may lack a substantial math background, or suffer from "math anxiety," the material in this book is presented using straightforward prose that emphasizes intuition, logic, and common sense rather than rote memorization. Throughout the text instructors are provided with resources 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. The user-friendly, informal style of this innovative text has been widely applauded by students and instructors alike. A number of important changes have been made to this edition in response to the valuable comments received from the many instructors adopting the Second Edition and from other interested instructors and students. Highlights of the Third Edition Clearer and More Concise Presentation of Topics
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Book details

List price: $92.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/28/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 672
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.882
Language: English

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 .

The What and the Why of Statistics
Organization of Information
Frequency Distributions
Graphic Presentation
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Variability
Relationships between Two Variables
Cross-Tabulation
Measures of Association for Nominal and Ordinal Variables
Bivariate Regression and Correlation
Organization of Information and Measurement of Relationships
A Review of Descriptive Data Analysis
The Normal Distribution
Sampling and Sampling Distributions
Estimation
Testing Hypotheses about Two Samples
The Chi-Square Test
Reviewing Inferential Statistics