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Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology

Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology
A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences

Fourth Edition

March 2011 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this newly updated Fourth Edition, new terms are defined, new synonyms are included, and both are illustrated with new graphics. Growth in the fields of statistics and methodology has mandated these inclusions. The number of definitions and illustrations has grown from about 2,400 in the third edition to about 2,800 in this one, an increase of around 16 percent. While some entries have been shortened and obsolete ones have been deleted, which helped make room for the new entries, comparatively few terms from the earlier editions have been deleted. The importance of classic terms persists even as new techniques and the terms describing them are invented. Finally, the suggestions for further reading have been updated and a new section on Useful Websites on Statistics and Methodology has been added.

Do you teach evaluation, research methods, or statistics, or need to teach some key concepts to evaluation stakeholders? Are you in grad school and just learning social science research methods? This handy guide is a great resource for instructors and students alike, as it offers both definitions and relevant, understandable examples. Are you a visual learner? The book also features dozens of easy-to-interpret charts, tables, graphs, and figures.

Sheila B. Robinson
AEA365 blog

I highly recommend this book to my research methods' students. I have used this since the 1st edition for my own work. While I do not require the text for my methods classes, I do highly recommend it to graduate students.

Dr Steven Mertens
Curriculum Instruction Dept, Illinois State University
July 24, 2014

Accessible and lucid. A very useful guide - nontechnical however not simplistic or patronising.

Ms Therese Lewis
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
November 12, 2013

a great, quick resource for students to understand statistical concepts with clear defintions

Mrs Megan Pollock
Sch Of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University - Fresno
August 19, 2013

Could not get approval due to cost limits

Dr Robert Kennedy
Game Development, Full Sail Real World Education
May 3, 2013

Easy to get an idea of a term in a for many difficult statistical world. Will recommend to our PhD students.

Professor Anne Soderlund
Dep of Physiotherapy, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare
November 28, 2012

Pretty good. Has a comprehensive listing of modern statistical methods.

A good reference book.

Mr Andrew Palmer
School of Business and Social Sciences, Roehampton University
October 4, 2012

Returned to publisher

Professor Narcissus Shambare
Business Administration , College of Saint Mary
July 24, 2012

This book is amust for those who seriously want to undertake quantitative research

PROJECT MANAGEMENT, Central Univ of Tech, Free State
July 11, 2012

Very good text.

Professor David Maree
Psychology , University of Pretoria
July 10, 2012

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W. Paul Vogt

W. Paul Vogt is Emeritus Professor of Research Methods and Evaluation at Illinois State University where he won both teaching and research awards. He specializes in methodological choice and program evaluation and is particularly interested in ways to integrate multiple methods. His other books include: Tolerance & Education: Learning to Live with Diversity and Difference (Sage Publications, 1998); Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals (Allyn & Bacon, 2007); Education Programs for Improving Intergroup Relations (coedited with Walter Stephan, Teachers College Press, 2004). He is also editor of four 4-volume sets in the... More About Author

Robert Burke Johnson

Burke Johnson is a professor in the Professional Studies Department at the University of South Alabama. His PhD is from the REMS (research, evaluation, measurement, and statistics) program in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. He also has graduate degrees in psychology, sociology, and public administration, which have provided him with a multidisciplinary perspective on research methodology. He was guest editor for a special issue of Research in the Schools focusing on mixed research (available online at and completed a similar guest editorship for the American... More About Author

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