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ERIC Number: EJ1036706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Challenges in Higher Education Research: The Use of Quantitative Tools in Comparative Analyses
Reale, Emanuela
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v67 n4 p409-422 Apr 2014
Despite the value of the comparative perspective for the study of higher education is widely recognised, there is little consensus about the specific methodological approaches. Quantitative tools outlined their relevance for addressing comparative analyses since they are supposed to reducing the complexity, finding out and graduating similarities and differentiations, and improving the generalization of the results. Nevertheless, the limited availability of comparative data hampers statistical comparative analyses, and data and statistics might be seen just as complementary analytical tools. This paper has a twofold aim. Firstly, it addresses key methodological problems for accurate international comparisons in higher education studies. Secondly, the article discusses the difficulties encountered in using measurements in comparative studies, and issues to be addressed in order to improve the robustness of the method and the possibility of using quantitative tools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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