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ERIC Number: EJ883810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 111
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
Methodology in Our Education Research Culture: Toward a Stronger Collective Quantitative Proficiency
Henson, Robin K.; Hull, Darrell M.; Williams, Cynthia S.
Educational Researcher, v39 n3 p229-240 2010
How doctoral programs train future researchers in quantitative methods has important implications for the quality of scientifically based research in education. The purpose of this article, therefore, is to examine how quantitative methods are used in the literature and taught in doctoral programs. Evidence points to deficiencies in quantitative training and application in several areas: (a) methodological reporting problems, (b) researcher misconceptions and inaccuracies, (c) overreliance on traditional methods, and (d) a lack of coverage of modern advances. An argument is made that a culture supportive of quantitative methods is not consistently available to many applied education researchers. "Collective quantitative proficiency" is defined as a vision for a culture representative of broader support for quantitative methodology (statistics, measurement, and research design).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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