The use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs), most commonly a medical sciences research tool, is a hotly debated topic in Education. This book examines the controversial aspects of RCTs in Education and sets out the potential and pitfalls of the method. Drawing on their own extensive experience of running RCTs, the authors provide a thorough practical introduction to the use of randomised controlled trials in education. Using real data sets, chapters equip the reader with all of the key knowledge and skills required to design, run, analyse and report an RCT. Coverage includes: • Step-by-step guidance on analysing data • How to assess the reliability and validity of results • Advice on balancing the demands of various stakeholders Essential reading for postgraduate and more experienced researchers, as well as teachers and educationalists seeking to increase their knowledge and understanding of the use of such methods in education.
- Chapter 1: What RCTs Can and Cannot Tell Us
- Chapter 2: Logic Models and Outcome Measures
- Chapter 3: Research Designs for RCTs
- Chapter 4: The Fundamentals of Analysing RCT Data
- Chapter 5: Dealing with the Analysis of More Complex RCT Designs
- Chapter 6: How to Report RCTs and Synthesise Evidence from Different Trials