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Julie Pallant has spent many years helping students overcome 'statistics phobia'. She is Associate Professor and Director of Research and Graduate Studies in the Rural Health Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne. She has worked as a counselling psychologist, and has taught psychology, statistics and research methods at a number of universities.
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I have several versions of this book at work, and find it extremely easy to use when demonstrating statistics to undergraduates. We generally recommend this book to all our dissertation students. It is extremely easy to follow even the more complicated statistical principles are covered, in really clear well-defined chapters. If you are a student wanting to understand statistics for a project I would highly recommend this. However if you have a general interest in statistics maybe this is not one for you as it is extremely applied in its nature.
I was recommended by my dissertation supervisor to buy this book, as I was doing a quantitative research. I must say this book helped me through my dissertation, to understand and answer every question I had. It even has a table that told me which kind of analysis Id be doing. I recommended it to all my others friends who had questions. They all agreeed with me and have bought it too. This is coming from a uni student who hadnt bought a single book throughout the three years apart from this one.
I just wished it was a proper hardcover book than a spiral binder type. If im not careful the pages will eventually start falling off.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2016
This is the best book there is on using SPSS if you are a begginer or want to try out new tests. At the start of each section on a test there's a crucial "what you need" to simplify making the decision about which test is the right one for the type of data. Plus there's a detailed kind of, click on this, click ok, click on this, tick this box, easy-to-follow guide on running any test. Students can work independently with this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt break everything down into simple steps and gives great examples. I'd highly recommend this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2017
Used this throughout my BSc and MSc - it was an invaluable help and I'm sure I'll be using it for my PhD and future academic careers. It break everything down into simple steps and gives great examples. I'd highly recommend this book!
As a first year psychology undergrad (I'm now in my final year), I was advised to get this book by one of my university tutors. I couldn't recommend it enough for anyone learning or dealing with SPSS. Everything is explained well and there's plenty of screenshots to illustrate what it means. It's very comprehensive and I would definitely recommend it.