ERIC Number: ED397122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Research Methods Employed in "American Educational Research Journal,""Educational Researcher," and "Review of Educational Research" from 1978 to 1995.
Elmore, Patricia B.; Woehlke, Paula L.
A content analysis was conducted of three educational research journals published by the American Educational Research Association to review the quantitative and qualitative techniques used in educational research. All articles appearing in these three journals from 1988 through 1995 (total n=1,715) were considered. Research methods were identified and classified into the following categories: (1) descriptive; (2) bivariate correlations; (3) t-test; (4) nonparametric statistics; (5) meta-analysis; (6) analysis of variance (ANOVA) and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA); (7) psychometric theory; (8) multiple correlation and regression; (9) multivariate analysis; (10) factor and cluster analysis; (11) LISREL computer program analysis; (12) Bayesian statistics; (13) simulation; (14) modeling; (15) qualitative methods of several types; and (16) graphic methods. Results are consistent with those of other studies in that the most commonly used methods were ANOVA and ANCOVA, multiple regression, bivariate correlation, descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis, nonparametric statistics, and t-tests. The major difference in current methodology is the increase in the use of qualitative methods. (Contains 5 tables, 4 graphs, and 18 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Analysis of Covariance, Analysis of Variance, Bayesian Statistics, Content Analysis, Correlation, Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Meta Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, Psychometrics, Qualitative Research, Regression (Statistics), Research Methodology, Research Reports, Scholarly Journals, Simulation
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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