Accessible and illuminating, this text is both a map and toolkit for successfully navigating the maze of social statistics. A five-step learning model, applied to each statistical technique, introduces key concepts in plain language; explains how to perform calculations manually; provides specific descriptions of how to use statistical software such as SPSS; offers practice questions to solidify understanding; and gives guidance on interpreting results.
Lance W. Roberts is a professor in the sociology department and a fellow of St. John's College at the University of Manitoba. For more than three decades he has taught undergraduate and graduate methods and statistics courses and is the author of several books and dozens of journal articles on topics related to social trends, ethnic relations, education, and inequality. He has co-authored the lab manuals the Statistics Coach and the Methods Coach for OUP Canada.
Jason Edgerton's doctoral thesis at the University of Manitoba, on class and gender disparities in academic achievement, reflects his areas of specialization in research methods, social inequality, stratification, class and power, globalization, comparative social policy, sociology of education and work, race/ethnicity and immigration, and social determinants of health. He has written, published, and presented a number of papers in these areas and currently teaches research methods in the sociology department at the University of Manitoba.
Tracey Peter is an assistant professor in the sociology department at the University of Manitoba. Her areas of specialization include data analysis and syntax programming, skills she advanced during her tenure as a research associate and programming manager with a nationally based evaluation research company. She currently teachers undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods and statistics and is working on several projects in mental health and violence, suicide prevention, education, and immigration. With Lance Roberts she co-authored the OUP Canada manuals the Statistics Coach and the Methods Coach.
Lori Wilkinson is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba and currently teaches ethnic relations, Canadian society and culture, and research methods. Her area of specialization centres on understanding the integration experiences of migrant youth in Canada as well as the labour market experiences of immigrant women and pedagogical research into new classroom technology. Lori is the Canadian adaptor of Bouma/Ling/Wilkinson, The Research Process, now in its second edition.
"The textbook's major strengths lie in its detailed explanations, step-by-step examples, and solid integration of SPSS examples into the text. . . . It really helps to show students how to do calculations by hand and with the use of computing software." --Michelle Maroto, University of Alberta
"I applaud the focus on calculations. . . . I also like the overall organization and the pace." --Jean Andrey, University of Waterloo