Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 17:35:12 +0200
Reply-To: John F Hall <email@example.com>
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From: John F Hall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Teaching survey analysis with SPSS
I've just added some new tutorials to my webpage. There's an annotated guide on COUNT and COMPUTE - Annotated guide to tutorials with hyperlinks to each tutorial. They use data from a real survey done in a North London comprehensive school (11-18 mixed) by three of my undergraduate students for their 2nd year group dissertation.
The tutorials give background on the survey, stress the need for careful data checks, then go on to demonstrate (and discuss methodological and technical issues surrounding) the use of SPSS commands COUNT and COMPUTE to create scores on a simple set of attitude scales to measure:
1: Teenagers' attachment to the status quo
2: Negative attitudes to women.
All SPSS exercises are performed first in direct syntax, then repeated using drop-down menus (but without output). Each tutorial contains appropriate facsimile extracts from the questionnaire or user manual and proceeds at a gentle pace with full SPSS screen-dumps at each step.
There is a separate guide to all other SPSS teaching materials on Guide to learning materials and SPSS but it would have been impossibly complex to add the new tutorials to it.
Everything is available for free download.