Higher Education

The Essentials of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 3rd Edition

  • Joseph F. Healey Christopher Newport University
  • ISBN-10: 111182956X  |  ISBN-13: 9781111829568
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

Framed in a student-friendly writing style, Healey presents the essentials of statistics with an applied approach. Healey encourages skill development for statistical literacy, emphasizing computational competence and the ability to read social science literature with greater comprehension.

Features and Benefits

  • Problems Sets at the end of each chapter, organized progressively, help students develop problem-solving abilities gradually and progressively.
  • Learning Objectives, Chapter Summary, Summary of Formulas, and a Chapter Glossary provide students with tools to gain a clearer understanding of the concepts presented.
  • The "SPSS for Windows" section, which follows the Problem Sets at the end of each chapter, includes material on using SPSS, often with GSS data, demonstrations, and exercises.
  • Each chapter includes features that demonstrate the application of statistical concepts, including step-by-step computing, applications, and "Statistics in Everyday Life" boxes.

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: Basic Mathematical Review.
1. Introduction.
Part I: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS.
2. Basic Descriptive Statistics: Percentages, Ratios and Rates, Frequency Distributions, Charts and Graphs.
3. Measures of Central Tendency.
4. Measures of Dispersion.
5. The Normal Curve.
Part II: INFERENTIAL STATISTICS.
6. Introduction to Inferential Statistics, the Sampling Distribution, and Estimation.
7. Hypothesis Testing I: The One-Sample Case.
8. Hypothesis Testing II: The Two-Sample Case.
9. Hypothesis Testing III: The Analysis of Variance.
10. Hypothesis Testing IV: Chi Square.
Part III: BIVARIATE MEASURES OF ASSOCIATION.
11. Introduction to Bivariate Association and Measures of Association for Variables Measured at the Nominal Level.
12. Association Between Variables Measured at the Ordinal Level.
13. Association Between Variable Measured at the Interval-Ratio Level.
Part IV: MULTIVARIATE TECHNIQUES.
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 SPSS for Windows.
Appendix G: Code Book for the General Social Survey.
Appendix H: Glossary of Symbols.
Answers to Odd-Numbered Computational Problems.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • The previous edition's Chapters 2 and 3 have been combined in order to streamline the material and help the text better suit the needs of both the quarter- and semester-length course.
  • This edition includes additional real-world examples that show the application of statistical concepts to everyday occurrences.
  • New "Statistics in Everyday Life" features bring interesting statistical findings to students' attention and ask students questions that encourage them to think about the implications of these findings.
  • The new "One Step at a Time" feature presents at-a-glance computational procedures for each statistic, making it easy for students to apply their knowledge immediately and appreciate the practical value of the material.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1111769834 | ISBN-13: 9781111769833)

Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides let you incorporate images from the book right into your lectures.

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1111940797 | ISBN-13: 9781111940799)

Written by Joe Healey, the Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank is designed to help you streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation with resources such as chapter summaries, video suggestions, multiple choice questions, essay questions, and test problems. Also includes detailed answers to even-numbered problems from the core text.

The Excel Statistics Companion CD-ROM and Manual, Version 2.0  (ISBN-10: 0495186953 | ISBN-13: 9780495186953)

By Kenneth M. Rosenberg, State University of New York, Oswego. The EXCEL STATISTICS COMPANION CD-ROM AND MANUAL, VERSION 2.0 is a collection of demonstrations, sampling experiments, and interactive exercises that dovetails with traditional textbook coverage of descriptive and inferential statistics. The materials give students the hands-on experience they need to master abstract statistical concepts and computational procedures. Microsoft® Excel®'s spreadsheet capabilities for data generation and instant dynamic response to user input provide a platform for teaching statistics that goes beyond the usual verbal and visual textbook explanations. All the workbooks on this CD-ROM contain detailed on-screen instructions. For Microsoft® Windows® and Excel novices, additional documentation (with extensive use of screen captures) appears in the companion ESC USER'S MANUAL. Carefully coordinated with the workbooks, the USER'S MANUAL begins with a basic skills workbook that reviews the limited subset of Excel and Windows skills needed to navigate and run the main body of programs. VERSION 2.0 includes four new workbooks and several new worksheets within existing workbooks, as well as a line-by-line edit to increase clarity and streamline pedagogy.

List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

Doing Data Analysis with SPSS®: Version 18.0  (ISBN-10: 0840049161 | ISBN-13: 9780840049162)

Now updated for SPSS® Statistics Version 18, DOING DATA ANALYSIS WITH SPSS is an excellent supplement to any introductory statistics course. It provides a practical and useful introduction to SPSS and enables students to work independently to learn helpful software skills outside of class. By using SPSS to handle complex computations, students can focus on and gain an understanding of the underlying statistical concepts and techniques in the introductory statistics course.

List Price = $89.95  | CengageBrain Price = $89.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50

Social Statistics: A Text Using MicroCase  (ISBN-10: 0534527418 | ISBN-13: 9780534527419)

This is the only complete package for the introductory social statistics course. The fourth edition of the textbook is accompanied by a powerful version of Student MicroCase, research-quality data sets, a comprehensive set of workbook exercises, and hundreds of other enhancements. The textbook is a friendly introduction to social statistics, emphasizing both the fundamental principles that underlie statistics and the practical applications of statistics to real data. The writing style is conversational without being chatty, with an emphasis on anxiety relief. William Fox explains topics in a clear and simple manner, and prepares students to use social statistics in their everyday lives.

List Price = $238.95  | CengageBrain Price = $238.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $179.25

Student Supplements

The Excel Statistics Companion CD-ROM and Manual, Version 2.0  (ISBN-10: 0495186953 | ISBN-13: 9780495186953)

Master statistical concepts and computational procedures with EXCEL STATISTICS COMPANION ON CD-ROM AND MANUAL! A collection of demonstrations, sampling experiments, and interactive experiments, this CD-ROM/manual package provides you with hands-on experience you need to succeed in statistics. With on-screen instructions, reviews, and step-by-step approaches, you will easily learn basic statistical concepts and how to use computer programs to solve problems.

List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

Doing Data Analysis with SPSS®: Version 18.0  (ISBN-10: 0840049161 | ISBN-13: 9780840049162)

Now updated for SPSS® Statistics Version 18, DOING DATA ANALYSIS WITH SPSS is an excellent supplement to any introductory statistics course. It provides a practical and useful introduction to SPSS and enables students to work independently to learn helpful software skills outside of class. By using SPSS to handle complex computations, students can focus on and gain an understanding of the underlying statistical concepts and techniques in the introductory statistics course.

List Price = $89.95  | CengageBrain Price = $89.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.50

Social Statistics: A Text Using MicroCase  (ISBN-10: 0534527418 | ISBN-13: 9780534527419)

This is the only complete package for the introductory social statistics course. The fourth edition of the textbook is accompanied by a powerful version of Student MicroCase, research-quality data sets, a comprehensive set of workbook exercises, and hundreds of other enhancements. The textbook is a friendly introduction to social statistics, emphasizing both the fundamental principles that underlie statistics and the practical applications of statistics to real data. The writing style is conversational without being chatty, with an emphasis on anxiety relief. William Fox explains topics in a clear and simple manner, and prepares students to use social statistics in their everyday lives.

List Price = $238.95  | CengageBrain Price = $238.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $179.25

Bundle: Text + IBM SPSS Statistics Student Version 21.0 for Window  (ISBN-10: 1305247914 | ISBN-13: 9781305247918)

List Price = $256.95  | CengageBrain Price = $256.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $193.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.