ERIC Number: ED458271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Future Directions and Suggestions for Improving the Use of Statistical Methods in Educational Research.
This discussion of the use of statistical methods in educational research considers the frequent misuse of statistical procedures, the factors responsible for the misuse, and the remedies that might reduce the misuse of statistical procedures. There are longstanding concerns about the quality of statistical work in general as well as in educational research, but there is little formal documentation of the misuse of statistical methods by graduate students. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the misuse is not confined to students, but can be found in the work of faculty members and researchers. Misuse of statistical procedures by students is in large part due to inadequate instruction, sometimes resulting from poorly prepared teachers or inadequate texts, or even an incoherent curriculum. The magnitude of misuses of statistical procedures by researchers also suggests inadequate statistical training. Any remedies for these problems will need to be tailored to various types of students and educational researchers. Some possible solutions are: (1) put education back into educational statistics; (2) make instructors accountable for their teaching; (3) insist on adequate training for students; (4) include educational statisticians as reviewers for scholarly journals; (5) value research in statistical education; and (6) establish a professional "home" for educational statisticians. (Contains 35 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).