ERIC Number: ED150331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Design and Conduct of Educational Surveys and Experiments. Delta Pi Epsilon Service Bulletin No. 2.
West, Leonard J.
This bulletin for the researcher, the doctoral or master's candidate, or teacher interested in and/or conducting research is intended to (1) alert novice investigators to the major requirements and pitfalls of survey and experimental research, (2) point out the weaknesses of past business education studies, and (3) provide consumers of research with some basis for evaluating research reports and claims. Four sections are included, with most of the content being presented in the first two sections. The first section on surveys covers questions amenable to survey methods, estimation of population parameters from sample statistics, accessibility, principal features of sampling, nonresponse, reliability of survey responses, comparing samples with population distributions, and phrasing of survey questions. It concludes with a summary of major survey requirements. The second section on experiments discusses the definition, purposes, and criteria of experimentation; four weaknesses of past business education experiments; major features of experimentation (sampling, wording of hypotheses, controlling for irrelevant sources of variation, valid and reliable criterion measures, and statistical requirements); and replication as a basis for external validity. The section concludes with a summary of major experimental requirements. The last two sections briefly discuss the requirements for research reporting and the impact of research on practice. (EM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Delta Pi Epsilon, St. Peter, Minn.