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Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS Second edition

THIS TEXT is a straightforward, no nonsense guide for novice researchers venturing into research involving quantitative methodologies. It is also an excellent resource to refresh more experienced researchers. It is well written in plain English and encourages researchers to carry out their own analyses.

The publication focuses on the statistical package SPSS but it achieves a balance between the theoretical background to alternative research and the software.

The author takes a logical journey through the research process, including an introduction to the basis of quantitative research and an exploration of the merits of alternative qualitative approaches.

Muijs captures issues such as study design and validity, recognising the importance of these early stages to provide robust data on which to conduct successful analyses. The merit of rigorous planning to provide credible results in any research setting is well highlighted.

In addition, the author tackles technical analyses yet presents them in a manageable way that aids understanding and makes statistics accessible. Worked examples are provided throughout the text using actual SPSS outputs to reinforce the learning experience for the researcher.

Further examples and signposting are provided to enable the reader to experiment with more daring syntax

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The publication focuses on the statistical package SPSS but it achieves a balance between the theoretical background to alternative research and the software.

The author takes a logical journey through the research process, including an introduction to the basis of quantitative research and an exploration of the merits of alternative qualitative approaches.

Muijs captures issues such as study design and validity, recognising the importance of these early stages to provide robust data on which to conduct successful analyses. The merit of rigorous planning to provide credible results in any research setting is well highlighted.

In addition, the author tackles technical analyses yet presents them in a manageable way that aids understanding and makes statistics accessible. Worked examples are provided throughout the text using actual SPSS outputs to reinforce the learning experience for the researcher.

Further examples and signposting are provided to enable the reader to experiment with more daring syntax and methods to manipulate the package to provide more versatile analyses.

While this publication is targeted toward education students, the content is relevant to all social sciences, in particular health research.

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