ERIC Number: ED312905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Statistical Techniques Used in Three Applied Linguistics Journals: "Language Learning,""Applied Linguistics" and "TESOL Quarterly," 1980-1986: Implications for Readers and Researchers.
Teleni, Vicki; Baldauf, Richard B., Jr.
A study investigated the statistical techniques used by applied linguists and reported in three journals, "Language Learning,""Applied Linguistics," and "TESOL Quarterly," between 1980 and 1986. It was found that 47% of the published articles used statistical procedures. In these articles, 63% of the techniques used could be called basic, 28% intermediate, and 9% advanced. Descriptive statistics accounted for 32% of the total range of techniques while analysis of variance techniques accounted for a further 16%. There was a ratio of about three different techniques per quantitative study. The study also examined how the researchers present their results and what implications this has for readers of quantitative studies. Based on the survey, recommendations are made concerning what should be included in introductory statistics courses in order to meet the needs of students of applied linguistics. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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