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ERIC Number: EJ924453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1558-6898
Stories and Statistics: Describing a Mixed Methods Study of Effective Classroom Practice
Kington, Alison; Sammons, Pam; Day, Christopher; Regan, Elaine
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, v5 n2 p103-125 Apr 2011
The Effective Classroom Practice project aimed to identify key factors that contribute to effective teaching in primary and secondary phases of schooling in different socioeconomic contexts. This article addresses the ways in which qualitative and quantitative approaches were combined within an integrated design to provide a comprehensive methodology for the research purposes. Strategies for the study are discussed, followed by the challenges of combining complex statistics with individual stories, particularly in relation to the ongoing iteration between these different data sets, and issues of validity and reliability. The findings shed new light on the meanings and measurement of teachers' effective classroom practice and the complex nature of, and relationships with, professional life phase, teacher identities, and school context. (Contains 6 figures, 5 tables, and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom