The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education stimulates and encourages students, faculty, and educational practitioners, including individuals in education, government, and the private sector who conduct applied and policy-oriented educational research, to place the pursuit of ideas at the epicentre of their research-from framing meaningful problems to identifying and addressing key challenges to the reporting and dissemination of their findings.

Chapter 26: Constructing Analyses: The Development of Thoughtfulness in Working With Quantitative Methods

Constructing Analyses: The Development of Thoughtfulness in Working With Quantitative Methods

Constructing analyses: The development of thoughtfulness in working with quantitative methods

During the past several years, we have had the opportunity to engage in numerous discussions about research methodology and about methods training for graduate students in education. One of us is a quantitative methodologist who is particularly interested in the use of hierarchical linear modeling in multisite evaluation studies, and the other works predominantly with qualitative methods and has a special interest in writing as a tool for analysis and reflection in the research process. Both of us are on the faculty of a social research methodology division. This chapter grows out of various kinds of work we have done together, research and teaching ...

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