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Griffin, Kimberly A.; Bennett, Jessica C.; Harris, Jessica – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2011
In this article, the authors demonstrate how researchers can integrate qualitative and quantitative methods to gain a deeper understanding of the prevalence and nature of cultural taxation among black professors. In doing so, they show how the impact of cultural taxation on the experiences of black faculty in the academy is best captured using…
Descriptors: Women Faculty, Females, Methods, Gender Discrimination
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Museus, Samuel D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2011
In this article, the author discusses how researchers can use mixed-methods approaches and intersectional analyses to understand college access among first-generation Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). First, he discusses the utility of mixed-methods approaches and intersectionality research in studying college access. Then, he…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Institutional Research, Pacific Islanders, Asian American Students
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MacKinnon, David P. – Research on Social Work Practice, 2011
The purpose of this article is to describe mediating variables and moderating variables and provide reasons for integrating them in outcome studies. Separate sections describe examples of moderating and mediating variables and the simplest statistical model for investigating each variable. The strengths and limitations of incorporating mediating…
Descriptors: Research Design, Adolescents, Outcomes of Treatment, Outcomes of Education
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Maxwell, Joseph A. – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2011
In this article, the author challenges the validity and usefulness of the concept of "paradigm," as this term has been used in the social sciences generally, and specifically in the debates over research methods. He emphasizes that in criticizing what he sees as the misuse of the paradigm concept, he is not arguing for dismissing or ignoring…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Methods Research, Models, Research Methodology
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Preacher, Kristopher J.; Zyphur, Michael J.; Zhang, Zhen – Psychological Methods, 2010
Several methods for testing mediation hypotheses with 2-level nested data have been proposed by researchers using a multilevel modeling (MLM) paradigm. However, these MLM approaches do not accommodate mediation pathways with Level-2 outcomes and may produce conflated estimates of between- and within-level components of indirect effects. Moreover,…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Hypothesis Testing, Statistical Analysis, Predictor Variables
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Bell, Bethany A.; DiStefano, Christine; Morgan, Grant B. – Journal of Early Intervention, 2010
Transparency and replication are essential features of scientific inquiry, yet scientific communications of applied quantitative research are often lacking in much-needed procedural information. In an effort to promote researchers dissemination of their quantitative studies in a cohesive, detailed, and informative manner, the authors delineate…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Periodicals, Statistical Analysis, Documentation
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Padgett, Ryan D.; Salisbury, Mark H.; An, Brian P.; Pascarella, Ernest T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
The sophisticated analytical techniques available to institutional researchers give them an array of procedures to estimate a causal effect using observational data. But as many quantitative researchers have discovered, access to a wider selection of statistical tools does not necessarily ensure construction of a better analytical model. Moreover,…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Researchers, Statistical Analysis, Models
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Henry, Kimberly L.; Muthen, Bengt – Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2010
Latent class analysis (LCA) is a statistical method used to identify subtypes of related cases using a set of categorical or continuous observed variables. Traditional LCA assumes that observations are independent. However, multilevel data structures are common in social and behavioral research and alternative strategies are needed. In this…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Probability, Classification, Grade 9
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Symonds, Jennifer E.; Gorard, Stephen – Evaluation & Research in Education, 2010
The classification by many scholars of numerical research processes as quantitative and other research techniques as qualitative has prompted the construction of a third category, that of "mixed methods", to describe studies that use elements from both processes. Such labels might be helpful in structuring our understanding of phenomena. But they…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Social Sciences, Evaluation Methods, Research Design
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Butt, Graham – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2010
Researchers in geography education have access to a wide range of research methods, spanning the quantitative-qualitative continuum. However, the choice of which methods to employ in one's research has a direct impact on the subsequent quality of the research findings and should therefore be carefully considered. This paper briefly explores the…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Selection
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Imbens, Guido W. – Psychological Methods, 2010
In Shadish (2010) and West and Thoemmes (2010), the authors contrasted 2 approaches to causality. The first originated in the psychology literature and is associated with work by Campbell (e.g., Shadish, Cook, & Campbell, 2002), and the second has its roots in the statistics literature and is associated with work by Rubin (e.g., Rubin, 2006). In…
Descriptors: Economics, Research Methodology, Causal Models, Inferences
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Groth, Randall E. – Statistics Education Research Journal, 2010
Qualitative methods have become common in statistics education research, but questions linger about their role in scholarship. Currently, influential policy documents lend credence to the notion that qualitative methods are inherently inferior to quantitative ones. In this paper, several of the questions about qualitative research raised in recent…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Statistics, Educational Research, Educational Policy
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Kalinowski, Pav; Lai, Jerry; Fidler, Fiona; Cumming, Geoff – Statistics Education Research Journal, 2010
Our research in statistical cognition uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. A mixed method approach makes our research more comprehensive, and provides us with new directions, unexpected insights, and alternative explanations for previously established concepts. In this paper, we review four statistical cognition studies that used mixed…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Qualitative Research, Psychologists, Statistical Analysis
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Spillane, James P.; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Dorner, Lisa; Barnes, Carol; May, Henry; Huff, Jason; Camburn, Eric – Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 2010
In this paper we described how we mixed research approaches in a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) of a school principal professional development program. Using examples from our study we illustrate how combining qualitative and quantitative data can address some key challenges from validating instruments and measures of mediator variables to…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Principals
Ellis, Paul D. – Cambridge University Press, 2010
This succinct and jargon-free introduction to effect sizes gives students and researchers the tools they need to interpret the practical significance of their results. Using a class-tested approach that includes numerous examples and step-by-step exercises, it introduces and explains three of the most important issues relating to the practical…
Descriptors: Effect Size, Statistical Analysis, Meta Analysis, Research
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