Using experimental methods in higher education research

Using experimental methods in higher education research EXPERIMENTAL METHODS have been used extensively for many years to conduct research in education and psychology. However, applications of experiments to investigate technology and other instructional innovations in higher education settings have been relatively limited. The present paper examines ways in which experiments can be used productively by higher education researchers to increase the quality and rigor of studies. Specific topics include types of experiments, common validity threats, advantages and disadvantages of experiments, operational procedures for designing and conducting experiments, and reporting and disseminating results. Emphasis is given to helping prospective researchers evaluate the circumstances that favor or disfavor usage of experimental designs relative to other methods. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Computing in Higher Education Springer Journals

Using experimental methods in higher education research

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2005 by Springer
Subject
Education; Educational Technology; Learning & Instruction; Higher Education
ISSN
1042-1726
DOI
10.1007/BF02961474
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Abstract

EXPERIMENTAL METHODS have been used extensively for many years to conduct research in education and psychology. However, applications of experiments to investigate technology and other instructional innovations in higher education settings have been relatively limited. The present paper examines ways in which experiments can be used productively by higher education researchers to increase the quality and rigor of studies. Specific topics include types of experiments, common validity threats, advantages and disadvantages of experiments, operational procedures for designing and conducting experiments, and reporting and disseminating results. Emphasis is given to helping prospective researchers evaluate the circumstances that favor or disfavor usage of experimental designs relative to other methods.

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Journal of Computing in Higher EducationSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 21, 2008

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