ERIC Number: EJ800217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
The Relevancy of Large-Scale, Quantitative Methodologies in Middle Grades Education Research
Mertens, Steven B.
Middle Grades Research Journal, v1 n2 p1-13 Fall 2006
This article examines the relevancy of large-scale, quantitative methodologies in middle grades education research. Based on recommendations from national advocacy organizations, the need for more large-scale, quantitative research, combined with the application of more rigorous methodologies, is presented. Subsequent sections describe and discuss several topic areas relevant to middle grades research. The advantages and disadvantages of varying research designs, including cross-sectional, longitudinal, experimental, and quasi-experimental, are also presented. Additional methodological topics--such as data triangulation, validation of research designs, power analysis, and sample size estimation--are discussed in the context of large-scale, quantitative research methodologies and their relevancy to middle grades education research.
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Measures (Individuals), Statistical Analysis, Middle Schools, Educational Research, Longitudinal Studies, Research Design, Quasiexperimental Design, Validity, Sampling, Computation, Case Studies, Data Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A