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ERIC Number: ED319797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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Statistical Methods Used in "American Educational Research Journal,""Journal of Educational Psychology," and "Sociology of Education" from 1972 through 1987.
Emmons, Nancy J.; And Others
The use of particular statistical methods over time was studied in a review of publications from the disciplines of education, psychology, and sociology. Publications studied were the: (1) "American Educational Research Journal"; (2) "Journal of Educational Psychology"; and (3) "Sociology of Education". A total of 221 issues of the three publications (2,674 articles) from the years 1972 through 1987 was reviewed. Statistical techniques were considered major if they were used to answer the key research questions or if understanding their meaning was integral to interpreting the mean results or findings. Frequencies and percentages of use are reported for 41 techniques. Overall, the techniques used most often were analysis of variance (37%) and regression (13%). Over the 16-year period, decreases were found for descriptive statistics, non-parametric statistics, chi square, multidimensional scaling, articles discussing statistical methodology, factor analysis, analysis of variance, book reviews, and commentary or debate articles. Increases were found for multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, multiple regression, and multiple correlation. Across the three disciplines, increases in the use of logit, probit, and log linear methods suggest trends toward adjusting methodology to account for the multiplicative and curvilinear nature of most social science research data. Five data tables are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A