ERIC Number: ED246122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
A Naturalistic Research Design for the Study of Factors Affecting Teachers' Decision-Making.
Koech, Barbara Garner
The study of teachers as decision-makers is a recent paradigm in educational research. This decision-making approach considers the teacher as an active professional engaged in various decision-making activities prior to and during instruction. This paper describes a naturalistic research design employed in a recent dissertation that investigated factors affecting teachers' diagnostic decisions. The objective of the paper is to present this research design as an effective alternative or complement to quasi-experimental designs in the study of factors affecting teachers' decision-making. The research design employed the in-depth and interpretative focus of a multiple case study approach and methodological triangulation within naturalistic settings. Specifically, the basic design of the study was a fixed multiple case study investigation of two experimental groups and no control groups, utilizing repeated measures within a multi-method approach to identify differences among groups rather than any effects of treatment. The multiple case studies employed in this study approach were extremely effective in providing a rich source of qualitative and quantitative data. In addition, the safeguards built into the design ensured the trustworthiness of this data. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Multiple Site Studies; Naturalistic Research; Qualitative Research; Triangulation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). Some tables have small print.