Practice and Assignments

Practice: Repeated-Measures ANOVA

In this activity, students will take data from a fictitious design to practice conducting a Repeated-Measures Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). First, provide students with the research scenario and the accompanying questions to have them determine the research design, statistical analysis to use, and independent and dependent variables. Next, have students set up a data file …

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Practice: Two-Way (Factorial) ANOVA

In this activity, students will take data from a fictitious 2 x 2 factorial design to practice conducting a Two-Way (Factorial) Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). First, provide students with the research scenario and the accompanying questions to have them determine the research design, statistical analysis to use, and independent and dependent variables. Next, have students …

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Practice: One-Way ANOVA

In this activity, students will take data from a fictitious multi-group design to practice conducting a One-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). First, provide students with the research scenario and the accompanying questions to have them determine the research design, statistical analysis to use, and independent and dependent variables. Next, have students set up a data …

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Practice: t-test for Independent Means

In this activity, students will take data from a fictitious two-group design to practice conducting a t-test for Independent Means. First, provide students with the research scenario and the accompanying questions to have them determine the research design, statistical analysis to use, and independent and dependent variables. Next, have students set up a data file …

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Assignment: Data Visualization (Histograms, Pie Charts, and Scatterplots) (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn how to create and edit histograms, pie charts, and scatterplots in SPSS. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was designed to be completed with an existing dataset (the address is given on the assignment). The handout includes instructions …

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Assignment: Basic Data Transformation (Recode, Reverse Code, Calculating Totals) (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn how to recode a string variable into a numeric variable, reverse code a numeric variable, and calculate a total score. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was designed to be completed with an existing dataset (the address is …

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Assignment: Selecting Cases / Calculating Statistics for Subgroups (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students will use SPSS to compare two subgroups (men and women) using three different methods: select cases, split file, and explore. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was designed to be completed with an existing dataset (the address is given …

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Assignment: Working with Syntax (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn create syntax commands by typing them and by using the paste function, and they will learn how to save the syntax file in SPSS format and pdf format. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was designed to be …

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Assignment: Creating a Data Set, Calculating Descriptive Statistics (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn the basics of SPSS, including how to create a new data file or open an existing data file, enter data, calculate descriptive statistics, and save data and output files. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was designed to …

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Assignment: Correlation (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn how to calculate the Pearson Product-Moment correlation using SPSS and how to interpret the output. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was designed to be completed with an existing dataset (the address is given on the assignment). The …

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Assignment: t-test for Independent Means/Samples (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn how to use SPSS to compare two independent groups using the independent samples t-test and using confidence intervals for the difference of the means. Students also write a research report with their results. A detailed grading rubric is included. This …

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Assignment: t-test for Dependent/Paired Samples (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn how to use SPSS to compare dependent groups using the dependent samples t-test and using confidence intervals for the difference of the means. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was designed to be completed with an existing dataset …

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Assignment: Single Sample t-test (SPSS)

In this assignment (created by Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard and Dr. Leiszle Lapping-Carr), students learn how to use SPSS to conduct a single sample t-test and calculate a confidence interval and how to interpret the output for both. A detailed grading rubric is included. This assignment was designed to be completed with an existing dataset …

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Practice: Measuring Dependent Variables: Types and Scales of Measurement

This is a brief in-class practice activity (created by Raechel Soicher) to help students review different types of measurement for dependent variables as well as identify scales of measurement. Raechel recommends teaching about the different ways to measure a dependent variable before giving students the opportunity to review using this brief worksheet. She provides definitions …

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Practice: Having Fun with Operational Definitions

One of the challenges instructors face when discussing conceptual and operational definitions of variables is helping students to understand that the operational definition of a variable involves measuring the variable in a concrete, quantitative manner. The practice activity asks students to identify the relevant variables of interest and then suggest ways that these variables can …

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Practice: Calculating the Pearson r Correlation (Video Games and GPA)

Instructors should assign this problem (about how many hours per week they played video games and their GPA) to students as in-class practice or homework after students have learned how to calculate a Pearson r correlation and test for significance. The activity leads students through determining the hypotheses, calculating the correlation coefficient, making a decision …

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Practice: Calculating the Pearson r Correlation (Math and Spelling Ability)

Instructors should assign this problem (about scores on a math and a spelling test) to students as in-class practice or homework after students have learned how to calculate a Pearson r correlation and test for significance. The activity leads students through determining the hypotheses, calculating the correlation coefficient, making a decision about the null hypotheses …

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Practice: Calculating the Pearson r Correlation (Height and Running Speed)

Instructors should assign this problem (about how height and running speed in the 40 yard dash) to students as in-class practice or homework after students have learned how to calculate a Pearson r correlation and test for significance. The activity leads students through determining the hypotheses, calculating the correlation coefficient, making a decision about the …

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Practice: Calculating the t-test for Independent Samples/Means (Temperature and Mood)

Instructors should assign this problem (about how temperature impacts mood) to students as in-class practice or homework after students have learned how to calculate a t-test for independent means and test for significance. The activity leads students through determining the type of statistical analysis to use, the hypotheses, calculating the t-ratio and effect size (if …

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