ERIC Number: ED445010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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It's (beyond) Time To Drop the Terms Causal-Comparative and Correlational Research in Educational Research Methods Textbooks.
The terms "causal-comparative" and "correlational" are dated and misleading and suggest a false dichotomy in research. Textbook authors should stop misleading educational research students and researchers in training with the notion that causal-comparative research provides better evidence for causality than correlational research. They should focus on more important issues surrounding causality and how to design relatively strong nonexperimental designs. Because of the importance of nonexperimental research in education, it is essential that students learn how to develop defensible nonexperimental research studies. This will involve making meaningful distinctions among different forms of nonexperimental research and designing studies to meet the intended research purpose. (Contains 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).