Apply statistics to your everyday life. Statistics and Data Analysis for Social Science helps students to build a strong foundational understanding of statistics by providing clarity around when and why statistics useful. Rather than focusing on the “how to” of statistics, author Eric J. Krieg simplifies the complexity of statistical calculations by introducing only what is necessary to understanding each concept. Every chapter is written around and applied to a different social problem or issues–enabling students to broaden their imagination about the statistical “tools” that can be used to make sense of our world and, maybe, to make the world a better place. In addition to updating all the tables and examples with new data, the Second Edition has replaced the section on SPSS with three new sets of exercises at the end of each chapter:  1. Chapter Exercises for students complete during their reading and bring questions to class,  2. In-Class Exercises that focus on the areas that students struggled with during their reading, and  3.  Homework Exercises that can be assigned if students need extra practice with the concepts.

Concepts, Variables, and Measurement

Concepts, Variables, and Measurement

Concepts, Variables, and Measurement

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Introduction

The racial divide in American society is not universally recognized. What we consider to be real or not real is often a matter of personal experience and social standing. For example, one person might argue that racism does not exist in the United States because laws protect against racial discrimination, while another person argues that racism does exist because he or she has experienced it firsthand growing up in a community of color. Which claim is correct? While it is true that many laws do protect against acts of racial discrimination, it is also true that many communities of color have underfunded schools that can impose limits on their students’ life chances after graduation. Institutionalized ...

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