ERIC Number: EJ836916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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Using Experimental Methods in Higher Education Research
Ross, Steven M.; Morrison, Gary R.; Lowther, Deborah L.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v16 n2 p39-64 Mar 2005
Experimental methods have been used extensively for many years to conduct research in education and psychology. However, applications of experiments to investigate technology and other instructional innovations in higher education settings have been relatively limited. The present paper examines ways in which experiments can be used productively by higher education researchers to increase the quality and rigor of studies. Specific topics include types of experiments, common validity threats, advantages and disadvantages of experiments, operational procedures for designing and conducting experiments, and reporting and disseminating results. Emphasis is given to helping prospective researchers evaluate the circumstances that favor or disfavor usage of experimental designs relative to other methods.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Experiments, Validity, Research Design, Research Methodology, Educational Research, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Guidelines
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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