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Garvey, Jason C.; Hart, Jeni; Metcalfe, Amy Scott; Fellabaum-Toston, Jennifer – Review of Higher Education, 2019
We examine the American landscape of higher education quantitative research concerning how gender and sex demographic information is collected. We use a directed content analysis to examine the prevalence and operationalization of gender and sex among widely used higher education survey instruments. Our findings illuminate a seemingly haphazard…
Descriptors: Research Problems, Educational Research, Higher Education, Data Collection
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Fosnacht, Kevin; Sarraf, Shimon; Howe, Elijah; Peck, Leah K. – Review of Higher Education, 2017
Surveys play an important role in understanding the higher education landscape. About 60 percent of the published research in major higher education journals utilized survey data (Pike, 2007). Institutions also commonly use surveys to assess student outcomes and evaluate programs, instructors, and even cafeteria food. However, declining survey…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Surveys, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Simulation
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Perna, Laura W. – Review of Higher Education, 2016
As members of ASHE, we have an obligation to ensure that ASHE is an association that both promotes career development of members and advances the production and dissemination of high-quality research-based knowledge on current and emerging issues in higher education. In this presidential address, I look to the future of ASHE, offering questions…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Research, Professional Associations, Research Needs
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Cox, Bradley E.; McIntosh, Kadian; Reason, Robert D.; Terenzini, Patrick T. – Review of Higher Education, 2014
Nearly all quantitative analyses in higher education draw from incomplete datasets-a common problem with no universal solution. In the first part of this paper, we explain why missing data matter and outline the advantages and disadvantages of six common methods for handling missing data. Next, we analyze real-world data from 5,905 students across…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Statistical Inference, Research Problems, Computation
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Metcalfe, Amy Scott – Review of Higher Education, 2012
This study examines the potential of visual sociology to expand our knowledge of higher education through the use of visual data sources and methods of analysis. Photographs and archival material form the basis of the study. The images were analyzed as being part of the initiation and fulfillment stages of the social construction of collective…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Sociology, Photography, Educational Sociology
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McCormick, Alexander C.; McClenney, Kay – Review of Higher Education, 2012
The authors articulate objections to the organization of the recent special issue on student engagement and respond in detail to three criticisms leveled in that issue. Situating their response relative to longstanding calls to make research more relevant to practice, they argue that the validity critique inappropriately focuses on criterion…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, Predictive Validity, Educational Practices
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Riegg, Stephanie K. – Review of Higher Education, 2008
This article highlights the problem of omitted variable bias in research on the causal effect of financial aid on college-going. I first describe the problem of self-selection and the resulting bias from omitted variables. I then assess and explore the strengths and weaknesses of random assignment, multivariate regression, proxy variables, fixed…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Causal Models, Inferences, Test Bias
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Gunzenhauser, Michael Gerard; Gerstl-Pepin, Cynthia I. – Review of Higher Education, 2006
In the wake of paradigmatic and methodological wars, a post-paradigmatic time of epistemological and theoretical diversity in educational research calls for rethinking graduate education. The authors argue for an engaged pedagogy, which represents a shift in emphasis from instrumental training in research methods to an approach in which students…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Educational Research, Theory Practice Relationship
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Lentz, Linda P. – Review of Higher Education, 1983
Changing views in contemporary society make it important to understand college influences on women's career development. A study to investigate whether women's colleges provide a more supportive learning environment for women to develop their potential than at coeducational colleges is discussed. (MLW)
Descriptors: Achievement, Career Development, Coeducation, College Freshmen
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Pascarella, Ernest T. – Review of Higher Education, 1982
Because of limitations on research controls, research designs in postsecondary education are often complex and can involve many independent and potentially confounding variables. What is needed to adequately address such research questions is a flexible and powerful data-analytic approach, and the general linear regression model is recommended.…
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Interaction, Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study
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Astin, Alexander W. – Review of Higher Education, 1978
Critiques written by J. Bruce Francis, Gerald Gurin, Arthur W. Chickering, and G. Lester Anderson of Astin's "Four Critical Years" are discussed. Points of agreement and contention between the reviewers concern the effects of college on students. (SF)
Descriptors: Books, College Students, Educational Benefits, Higher Education
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Cizek, Gregory J. – Review of Higher Education, 1996
A discussion of the increased use of qualitative methods in social science research looks at four emerging issues: the nature of research, the growth in status of the narrative in research, political influences on the research process, and the nature of the relationship between the philosophy of science and applied research practice. Some…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Political Influences, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology
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Keller, George – Review of Higher Education, 1998
Examines quantitative studies, especially small-scale statistical probes, which have become the dominant mode of inquiry in higher education, but criticisms of this approach are mounting. Describes the presuppositions of this prevailing mode, and several strands of criticism, noting how education and social research have changed over four decades.…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Higher Education
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Griswold, Carolyn P. – Review of Higher Education, 1999
A study explored constraints experienced by policy researchers working for the National Commission on Student Assistance, founded in 1980 to investigate federal student-aid policy. It analyzed how political changes limited the scope of research questions, influenced reporting of results, and reduced effects of research on policymaking. Findings…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Federal Regulation, Higher Education, Policy Formation
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Nettles, Michael T. – Review of Higher Education, 1995
The current crisis in American education is examined as reflected in student performance assessments at all levels, and the role of performance indicators in shaping public opinion is discussed. Development of national educational goals, the resulting assessment dilemma for higher education, and methods of assessing progress are also explored.…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Assessment, Educational Change
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