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Fundamental Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

Fundamental Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
Author: Robert B. McCall
ISBN 13: 9780534577803
ISBN 10: 534577806
Edition: 8
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2000-08-03
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 544
List Price: $325.95

This eighth edition of McCall's well-respected book continues to present concepts in a way that students can easily understand. The new edition has been updated throughout and now includes recommendations by the APA Task Force on Statistical Inference. As in previous editions, McCall helps students see the many real applications of statistics to research in the behavioral sciences. Taking a traditional approach to teaching the basic statistical concepts and methods used in behavioral research. McCall emphasizes building an understanding of the logic of statistics rather than stressing the mechanics. In this exciting revision, McCall continues to keep the data for the computational problems simple, so your students can focus on the rationale and outcome of techniques rather on the calculations themselves. Using clear discussion, a wide variety of end-of-chapter exercises, and examples drawn from actual studies, McCall helps students learn how to choose appropriate statistical methods and correctly interpret the results. Also retained in this edition are the author's step-by-step explanations for each proof and his clear definitions of symbols—the essential vocabulary of statistics—that have been so successful in helping students master the material.


A textbook for a first course in applied statistics, primarily for students majoring in psychology, education, and other social and behavioral sciences. McCall (psychology, U. of Pittsburgh) emphasizes the purpose, rationale, and application of important statistical concepts over rote memorization and mechanical application of formula. Whenever possible, he explains in mathematically simple terms the logic that undergirds the concepts and techniques, though some require advanced mathematics that he requires students to take on faith for now. The eighth edition is revised somewhat according to suggestions, and adds a little new material; no dates are noted for earlier ones. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)