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ERIC Number: EJ971707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1556-8180
Analysis of Paired Dichotomous Data: A Gentle Introduction to the McNemar Test in SPSS
Adedokun, Omolola A.; Burgess, Wilella D.
Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, v8 n17 p125-131 Jan 2012
Background: Although McNemar Test is the most appropriate tool for analyzing pre-post differences in dichotomous items (e.g., "yes" or "no", "correct" or "incorrect", etc.), many scholars have noted the inappropriate use of Pearson's Chi-square Test by researchers, including social scientists and evaluators, for the analysis of related or dependent dichotomous variables. Purpose: The goal of this paper is to promote the use of McNemar Test among evaluators by providing a gentle introduction to the method. Setting: Not applicable. Intervention: Not applicable. Research Design: Not applicable. Data Collection and Analysis: Using data from 506 6th grade students' responses to a pre-post science test; this contribution illustrates how to conduct McNemar Test in SPSS. Findings: This contribution provides a non-technical introduction to McNemar test and illustrates its use in an applied research/evaluation context. (Contains 2 figures, 1 footnote, and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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