This book provides an introduction to using quantitative methods in educational research. The author writes for non-mathematical students, avoiding the use of mathematical formulae wherever possible. No prior knowledge of quantitative methods is needed to use this book. The author's approach features. a realistic approach, using actual databases. an emphasis on the use of effect sizes. a user-friendly approach, based on the latest version of SPSS throughout. The use of two real educational datasets keeps the content relevant, and shows students the imperfections and problems which they will meet in real-life research. The datasets use common international measures and access to the datasets, allowing students to practice and answer the questions that follow each chapter, is available though the book website. This book is for researchers and students studying research methods in education. It is suitable as a main textbook for quantitative methods courses, as well as a resource for researchers in this field.

Introduction to SPSS and the Dataset

I mentioned in Chapter 1 that nowadays, rather than having to calculate the mathematical equations for our data analysis ourselves, we will usually get software packages to do this. There is a variety of packages out there that do quantitative data analysis.

SAS, BMDP, Stata, Splus and GBStat ...

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