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A hands-on introduction to the craft of social research for Introductory Sociology courses, Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition puts students in the role of active researchers as they test their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence using SPSS, the pre-eminent software program in the social sciences.

This Third Edition uses updated General Social Survey (GSS) data sets and offers a robust SPSS primer in an appendix. The book is available in two formats: as a stand-alone text, or bundled with SPSS (Student Version).

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Stresses active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of investigative explorations of social ...

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In this chapter, we focus on socialization: the process by which people learn the culture of their society. Several aspects of this complex, lifelong process are considered. First, we'll examine what people say when they are asked to describe the “ideal child.” These responses will identify some of the values and ideals that shape the process of growing up in the United States. Second, we'll examine spanking as a form of punishment in the United States. Is there any relationship between what people say they desire in the “ideal child” and the techniques they use to discipline their children? What other factors are associated with support for spanking? Along the ...

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