ERIC Number: ED420701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Twenty Years of Research Methods Employed in "American Educational Research Journal,""Educational Researcher," and "Review of Educational Research."
Elmore, Patricia B.; Woehlke, Paula L.
Research methods used in articles published in the "American Educational Research Journal" (AERJ), "Educational Researcher" (ER), and the "Review of Educational Research" (RER) were studied for the years 1978 to 1997. Articles were read to identify and categorize the research methods and statistical techniques used in each. A breakdown is provided for each of the journals, with a further division into decades that reflects the increasing use of computer assisted methodology. Results for the AERJ and the three journals combined are consistent with previous research by L. Goodwin and W. Goodwin (1985) in which methods in rank order, are: (1) analysis of variance/analysis of covariance; (2) multiple regression; (3) bivariate correlation; (4) descriptive; (5) multivariate; (6) nonparametric; and (7) t-test. The only major difference with the Goodwin study is the increase in the use of qualitative methods in AERJ over the last 10 years. Meta analysis was the most frequent technique in RER, as is consistent with the journal's editorial policy. The frequency of the use of visual presentation of data suggests the addition of a category for graphic methods. (Contains 5 tables, 7 figures, and 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A