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Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 4th Edition

  • Joseph F. Healey
  • Steven Prus
  • Riva Lieflander
  • ISBN-10: 0176725083
  • ISBN-13: 9780176725082
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2013, 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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Overview

About the Product

Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, Fourth Canadian Edition, helps to construct and develop the skills necessary for social science majors to become statistically literate—computational competence, appreciation of statistics, and the ability to read professional social science literature—from a uniquely Canadian perspective. To do so, the text provides a comprehensive, yet exceptionally accessible and reader-friendly discussion of statistics that is appropriate for students with varying levels of mathematical skill, ranging from those who battle statistical “anxiety” to those adept at math. The text provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of statistics in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process, and equally stresses hand-based calculation and interpretation of statistics. Students learn to use and interpret statistics in a variety of settings, with most examples, demonstrations, and applications of statistics intended for a diversity of Canadian social issues and social science disciplines, including sociology, political science, social work, public administration, criminology and criminal justice, and gerontology. By providing a solid grounding in both traditional formulas and the use of the latest SPSS statistical software package, Healey and Prus help students to master key statistical concepts and hone the skills they will need to succeed as professionals in a social science field--or simply to become "statistically literate," intelligent consumers of social research.

Features

  • Students are exposed to statistics from a uniquely Canadian perspective to help underline the relevance and importance of statistics to understanding Canadian society. For example, computation and interpretation of statistics occur within a Canadian context; statistics are applied to contemporary social issues in Canada; and end-of-chapter work problems and SPSS exercises have been made relevant to Canadian society.

About the Author

Joseph F. Healey

Joseph F. Healey, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Sociology Christopher Newport University. He is author of STATISTICS: A TOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, 10th Edition (Cengage, 2014); RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER AND CLASS, 7th Edition (Sage, 2015); DIVERSITY AND SOCIETY, 4th Edition (Sage, 2014); and is co-author of several other texts. Healey earned his A.B. and M.A. from The College of William and Mary (sociology and anthropology) and Ph.D. from University of Virginia (sociology and anthropology). In his spare time, he plays and records music for the hammer dulcimer and banjo.

Steven Prus

Steven Prus is an associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Carleton University. His Ph.D. is from Simon Fraser University. Professor Prus received a post-doctoral fellowship in Health and Aging Studies at the McMaster University Centre for Gerontological Studies in Hamilton and Statistics Canada in Ottawa. His current interests lie in the area of health and aging using large-scale sample survey data. Professor Prus teaches medical sociology and social statistics at Carleton.

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: Basic Mathematics Review

Chapter 1: Introduction

Part One: Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 2: Basic Descriptive Statistics: Percentages, Ratios and Rates, Tables, Charts, and Graphs
Chapter 3: Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
Chapter 4: The Normal Curve

Part Two: From Description to Inference
Chapter 5: Introduction to Inferential Statistics: Sampling and the Sampling Distribution
Chapter 6: Estimation Procedures for Sample Means and Proportions

Part Three: Bivariate Relationships: Tests of Significance and Measures of Association
Chapter 7: Hypothesis Testing with Nominal and Ordinal Variables: Chi Square
Chapter 8: Measures of Association for Variables Measured at the Nominal Level
Chapter 9: Measures of Association for Variables Measured at the Ordinal Level
Chapter 10: Hypothesis Testing with Means and Proportions: The One-Sample Case
Chapter 11: Hypothesis Testing with Means and Proportions: The Two-Sample Case
Chapter 12: Hypothesis Testing with More Than Two Means: One-Way Analysis of Variance
Chapter 13: Hypothesis Testing and Measures of Association for Variables Measured at the Interval-Ratio Level

Part Four: Multivariate Techniques
Chapter 14: Partial Correlation and Multiple Regression and Correlation

Appendix A: Area Under the Normal Curve
Appendix B: Distribution of t
Appendix C: Distribution of Chi Square
Appendix D: Distribution of F
Appendix E: Using Statistics: Ideas for Research Projects
Appendix F: An Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows
Appendix G: Information and Code Books for the 2012 Canadian

Community Health Survey and 2013 General Social Survey
Answers to Odd-Numbered Computational Problems
Glossary
Index

New to this edition

  • The revised organization of the textbook chapters makes it possible to examine bivariate relationships within the framework of the included variables’ level of measurement. This change increases internal consistency with the second-edition level-of-measurement-based reorganization. It also makes it more readily possible to address both significance tests and measures of association consecutively on a level-of-measurement by level-of-measurement basis.
  • Chapter 10 has been fully revised to reflect the textbook’s new order, which now presents several key concepts and techniques according to variable level of measurement. Most notably, the Student’s t distribution, introduction to hypothesis testing, and Type I and Type II errors are now introduced in Chapters 6 and 7. This revision not only adds greater coherence with the level of measurement-based order used in the presentation of descriptive statistics, but it also allows students the opportunity to encounter the challenging logic and techniques of hypothesis testing – now as a familiar tool – in an additional context.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
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Instructor Supplements

Online Only Instructor's Resources for Healey's Statistics: A Tool for Social Research  (ISBN-10: 0176795340 | ISBN-13: 9780176795344)
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Student Supplements

eBook: Statistics: A Tool for Social Research  (ISBN-10: 0176853782 | ISBN-13: 9780176853785)
Student Companion Website to accompany Healey's Statistics: A Tool for Social Research  (ISBN-10: 0176873600 | ISBN-13: 9780176873608)
Value Pack: Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 4th Edition + MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176903747 | ISBN-13: 9780176903749)
MindTap Instant Access (12 Months/Multi Term) for Healey's Statistics: A Tool for Social Research  (ISBN-10: 017689263X | ISBN-13: 9780176892630)
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