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ERIC Number: EJ874864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1874-8597
Mixing Methods in Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs): Validation, Contextualization, Triangulation, and Control
Spillane, James P.; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Dorner, Lisa; Barnes, Carol; May, Henry; Huff, Jason; Camburn, Eric
Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, v22 n1 p5-28 Feb 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 examining how contextual factors interact with the treatment. Describing how we transformed our qualitative and quantitative data, we consider how mixing methods enabled us to deal with the two core RCT challenges of random assignment and treatment control critical. Our account offers insights into ways of maximizing the potential of mixing research methods in RCTs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305E040085