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.

How to Report RCTs and Synthesise Evidence from Different Trials

How to Report RCTs and Synthesise Evidence from Different Trials

Introduction

This chapter will focus on how to write up and report the findings of randomised trials. Taking the CONSORT statement as the guide, the chapter sets out clearly the information that needs to be reported and in what format. The chapter also provides the reader with an appreciation of how the findings of individual RCTs are used in the synthesis of research evidence through the use of systematic reviews and meta-analysis. In all of this, the chapter stresses the need to be tentative in interpreting the findings and in the claims that are made from these.

Reporting results from RCTs

Trials that are inadequately conducted and inaccurately ...

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