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ERIC Number: EJ962800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9862
Regression Discontinuity Design in Gifted and Talented Education Research
Matthews, Michael S.; Peters, Scott J.; Housand, Angela M.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v56 n2 p105-112 Apr 2012
This Methodological Brief introduces the reader to the regression discontinuity design (RDD), which is a method that when used correctly can yield estimates of research treatment effects that are equivalent to those obtained through randomized control trials and can therefore be used to infer causality. However, RDD does not require the random assignment of individuals to treatment and control groups, making it very attractive for applied researchers in educational settings. This Brief introduces the method, discusses applications and limitations, and illustrates an idealized example as well as some potential pitfalls and their relevance to the context of gifted education research. (Contains 1 note and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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