Methodology in Our Education Research Culture: Toward a Stronger Collective Quantitative Proficiency

From Section:
Assessment & Evaluation
Apr. 20, 2010

Source: Educational Researcher, 39: 229-240. (April 2010).

How doctoral programs train future researchers in quantitative methods has important implications for the quality of scientifically based research in education.

The goal of this article, therefore, is to examine how quantitative methods are used in the literature and taught in doctoral programs.

Evidence points to deficiencies in quantitative training and application in several areas:
(a) methodological reporting problems,
(b) researcher misconceptions and inaccuracies,
(c) overreliance on traditional methods, and
(d) a lack of coverage of modern advances.

An argument is made that a culture supportive of quantitative methods is not consistently available to many applied education researchers.
Collective quantitative proficiency is defined as a vision for a culture representative of broader support for quantitative methodology (statistics, measurement, and research design).

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