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.

Logic Models and Outcome Measures

Logic Models and Outcome Measures

Introduction

This chapter highlights what should be considered during the first stages of designing an RCT. Similar to embarking on any major project, when undertaking an RCT it is a good idea to have a clear plan for the work ahead. The initial plan for an RCT should answer two main questions: ‘What is the nature of the programme or intervention we are evaluating?’ and ‘How are we going to tell if the programme has made any difference to the participants receiving it?’ As regards the first question, a logic model can be an invaluable tool in helping us understand the nature of a programme or intervention by specifying its main components and any theory of ...

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