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The Methodology of Research on College Impact [microform] / Alexander W. Astin
Bib ID 5210907
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Astin, Alexander W
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1970 
67 p. 
Summary

Methodological difficulties inherent in the design of studies of college impact are reviewed and an attempt is made to provide an improved research design. The discussion of research problems focuses on those of inferring causation. A characteristic three-component model of student development, comprised of student output, student input, and college environment, is analyzed to illustrate the problems in the research design presently employed. Inferential errors resulting from the use of this design are categorized and discussed. Three statistical methods for analyzing the model components, matching, actuarial tables, and linear multiple regression analysis, possible measurement techniques, and various methods of data collection are individually evaluated. The paper concludes with suggested resolutions of the inferential dilemmas. (PR)

Notes

ERIC Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Minneapolis, Minn., March 1970.

Sponsoring Agency: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.

Sponsoring Agency: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.

Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College Environment.  |  Data Collection.  |  Educational Change.  |  Institutional Research.  |  Longitudinal Studies.  |  Measurement Techniques.  |  Reliability.  |  Research Design.  |  Statistical Analysis.  |  Student Development.  |  College Students.  |  Environmental Influences.  |  Research Methodology.  |  Research Problems.
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