Assignment: Variables, Measurement, and SPSS

SPSS is a statistical software program that allows you to enter these variables into a spreadsheet format and record the measurements from a sample. Additionally, SPSS allows you to perform statistical analysis. Before launching into your analyses, though, it is important to understand how the variables are measured. That understanding will help you interpret the SPSS output.

For this Assignment, you will examine data to analyze independent and dependent variables, determine how they are measured, and decipher whether a social change question can be answered and the implications for such change.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review the learning resources attached.
  • Using the SPSS software, open the High School Longitudinal Study dataset attached and then choose two variables that interest you.

For this Assignment:

Write a 2-page summary and include the following:

  • Identify each variable
  • A description of what the each of the variables measure.
  • Identify and describe the unit of analysis.
  • A description and explanation of the levels of measurement for each variable (i.e., nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio).
  • Explain how you might conceive these variables to be used to answer a social change question. What might be the implications for social change?
  • Do not rely on only your opinion; do some research about the topic and provide some citations to support your argument.

Support your summary using appropriate scholarly citations and references. Use proper APA format.