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.

Dealing with the Analysis of More Complex RCT Designs

Dealing with the Analysis of More Complex RCT Designs


If we are dealing with a simple RCT design, where participants have been randomised individually to the control and intervention groups and where we have outcomes measured as scale variables, then we have already covered all of the essential aspects to how we analyse the trial data in the last chapter. However, things are not always this simple. On the one hand, we may well have some outcomes that are binary in nature rather than scale. An example of this would be for interventions aimed at encouraging students to continue on into higher education. The outcome measure here could just be whether they eventually enrolled on a ...

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