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ERIC Number: ED353332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 19
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Observations of the Statistical Procedures Used in the "Journal of Research in Music Education," 1987-1991.
Daniel, Thomas
This paper studies statistical procedures used in the "Journal of Research in Music Education" (JRME) over a 5-year period (1987 through 1991). The results are compared with those of L. D. Goodwin and W. L. Goodwin (1985) concerning the "American Educational Research Journal" for the same period. In all, 78 quantitative and 31 non-quantitative JRME articles were used. A 10-item summation chart was developed (power, alpha, effect size, sample size, basic procedures, method of computation, basic assumptions, references, repeated univariate, and other). Results for individual articles were grouped into issue totals, volume totals, and overall item totals. The results agree with those of Goodwin and Goodwin; basic, intermediate, advanced, and other techniques are used at about the same rate in both educational journals. Analysis of variance is currently the dominant statistical procedure in educational research. The chi square procedure was the next dominant statistical procedure used. Neither qualitative research nor non-parametric procedures are widely used. Power and effect size are mostly ignored in the behavioral sciences. Music education researchers must deal with power and effect size. Problems caused by researcher unfamiliarity with advanced computer packages and an over-abundance of stepwise regression are considered. Three tables are included. (RLC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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