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ERIC Number: ED133010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug-3
Reference Count: 0
Some Practical Considerations in Analyzing and Interpreting Data.
Cherdack, Arthur N.
This paper attempts to provide some insight into the reality of data analysis and interpretation. Community college institutional researchers should obtain the skills and techniques required in order to analyze and interpret data; however, there are a number of practical considerations usually not found in textbooks. These include: (1) understanding the politics of interpreting and presenting data-- when asked to interpret data only in favorable ways, for example; (2) being aware of the limitations of data due to source and method of collection; (3) reviewing the techniques and procedures used in research design for evidence of flaws or bias; (4) discussing implications stemming from the data analysis; (5) providing recommendations deriving from the implications--without them, research is often unused; and (6) using simplicity and brevity in reporting information--users of research reports often have neither the time nor the expertise to get through the technical jargon of a lengthy report. (JDS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Community College Institutional Research, Princeton, New Jersey, August 3, 1976