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ERIC Number: ED439685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 11
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Use of National Databases: Case Study on Census Data.
Henrickson, Leslie
This paper serves as an example of how one may approach the use of a large database for comparative education purposes. Considerations include determining three aspects about the databases, and one case study. The three aspects include the type of database that is used, the method in which the data were collected and errors, and the structure of analysis. The paper draws on two authors in discussing the structure of analysis, Kish and Astin. Kish suggested two considerations used for analysis that help identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches: representation and realism. Astin used the I-E-O model, or Input-Environment-Output model, for design and analysis. A small case study using selected demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of various U.S. populations from the 1990 Census from the perspective of a comparative education researcher is described to illustrate how one's theoretical orientation toward a research project can guide analysis and interpretation of the data. (Contains a 15-item bibliography.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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