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Student Study Guide With IBM® SPSS® Workbook for Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications

Student Study Guide With IBM® SPSS® Workbook for Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications

Third Edition

224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The third edition of the Student Study Guide With IBM® SPSS® Workbook for Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications by Kathrynn A. Adams and Eva K. McGuire gives students even more opportunities to practice and apply their knowledge in statistics and research methods. Written by the authors of Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications, the third edition of the study guide follows the third edition of the textbook for straightforward assigning and practice. New features include practice quizzes to give students both recognition and recall activities for better retention.  Learning objectives and brief chapter summaries from the main text remind students of what they've learned and orient students toward the exercises. In-depth exercises encourage students to build on their knowledge, requiring students to think critically and actively engage with the material. These exercises have been condensed and focus on moving students through the learning objectives at a quick pace. At the end of most chapters, "Your Research" sections encourage students to apply concepts to their own projects.  Now placed at the end of book, the IBM® SPSS®  workbook provides instructions for performing statistical calculations. Included in this workbook are additional exercises to practice data analysis and interpretation using the software. Answers to quizzes are listed immediately after each quiz in the book while answers to exercises are listed on the instructor resources website. 

CHAPTER 1 Thinking Like a Researcher
CHAPTER 2 Build a Solid Foundation for Your Study Based on Past Research
CHAPTER 3 Measuring Your Variables
CHAPTER 4 The Cornerstones of Good Research: Reliability and Validity
CHAPTER 5 Basics of Research Design: Description and Sampling
CHAPTER 6 Describing Your Sample
CHAPTER 7 Beyond Descriptives: Making Inferences Based on Your Sample
CHAPTER 8 Comparing Your Sample to a Known or Expected Score
CHAPTER 9 Examining Relationships Among Your Variables: Correlational Design
CHAPTER 10 Examining Causality
CHAPTER 11 Independent-Groups Designs
CHAPTER 12 Dependent-Groups Designs
CHAPTER 13 Factorial Designs
CHAPTER 14 Nonparametric Statistics
CHAPTER 15 Focusing on the Individual: Case Studies and Single N Designs
CHAPTER 16 How to Decide? Choosing a Research Design and Selecting the Correct Analysis
IBM® SPSS® Workbook Part 1: Fundamentals of Data Analysis
IBM® SPSS® Workbook Part 2: Analyses to Examine One Variable at a Time
IBM® SPSS® Workbook Part 3: Analyses to Examine Relationships (No Groups)
IBM® SPSS® Workbook Part 4: Analyses to Compare Independent Groups
IBM® SPSS® Workbook Part 5: Analyses for Dependent Groups and Mixed Designs
Key features


  • Learning Objectives are listed in both the textbook and the study guide to help students reorient to the textbook chapter and serve as a reminder to consider what they have learned and what areas require additional review.
  • Brief Chapter Summaries orient students to the material in the main text.
  • Practice quizzes help students strengthen their recall of the material and recognize where they may need to go back and reread the text. 
  • Answers to quizzes are provided after the quizzes for immediate feedback. 
  • Short exercises  lend themselves to in-class or in-lab activities and discussion, especially when students are required to complete the fill-in-the blank sections prior to class or lab.  
  • The Your Research section has students apply key concepts and skills from the chapter to a research topic of their choice to encourage them to think about and develop their own area of research and promote deeper understanding and integration of the material. 
  • Step-by-step directions for IBM® SPSS® Data Analysis and Interpretation are now included all at the back of the book students gain competence using the program as well as interpreting and writing up results.  

We have used the previous version of the study guide in our research methods and analysis course and students reported the exercises to be invaluable. We found students were much more prepared for class and asked better questions as a result of assigning the exercises as homework. Consequently, for this edition, we moved the exercise answer keys to the Instructor Resource site so that professors can decide how and when to share the answers with students. In order to allow students to check their knowledge of key concepts, we added multiple choice quizzes at the beginning of each study guide chapter followed immediately by the answers.

For the third edition, we moved directions for SPSS® to a separate IBM® SPSS® Workbook section. We believe this will make finding the directions for specific analyses easier, and students can easily refer back to the workbook throughout their academic careers and beyond. The workbook organization matches the guidelines on selecting statistical analyses and includes similar flowcharts found in the final, “Putting it all Together” chapter of the textbook. In the workbook, we provide guidelines and examples for writing up results in APA style. Practice exercises are provided to help students gain competence using the program as well as interpreting and writing up results. We have used a version of this IBM® SPSS® workbook in our research methods and analysis course for over 15 years, and students tell us that they cannot imagine getting through the course without it. We also created an alternative workbook for jamovi that is available on the instructor resource site.


Kathrynn Ann Adams

Kathrynn (Kathy) A. Adams earned her PhD in general experimental psychology from the University of Alabama in 1977. She was a Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College when she retired in 2017 after 37 years of teaching. Her professional interests include gender issues, relationships, and teaching pedagogy. She worked with the Preparing Future Faculty Program for 20 years and helped establish the Early College at Guilford, a nationally ranked high school. In her spare time, she spends as much time as possible outdoors, practices yoga, and bakes chocolate desserts. More About Author

Eva K. McGuire

Eva K. McGuire earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. She is a Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College, where she has taught since 2003. Her research interests include environmental psychology and computer-mediated communication. Eva enjoys walking, yoga, and bike riding, and she loves to listen to live music. More About Author