Research Terms

October 2010NICHCY is pleased to provide this handy reference page to research terminology, and hope it helps our readers quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal words and phrases in the field.Quick-Jump MenuTerms beginning with:ABC-DE-HI-MN-QR-ST-Z Are You Ready? Here Goes!Ability Grouping | The practice of arranging students in groups based on similar ability. Ability grouping is grounded in the belief that this arrangement allows each group … [Read more...]

Research 102

Updated August 2012 Wondering what all those research terms mean, and how much weight can you put on the conclusions the research authors draw? This Research 102 page takes a look at some basic research processes for adding up the evidence from individual studies and drawing bigger conclusions---about patterns and trends in what works and what doesn't. Table of Contents Research Reviews Meta-analyses What is Effect Size? Applications … [Read more...]

Making Sense of Statistics in Research

Updated April 2013Author Dr. Barbara Smith Research Analyst, NICHCY Approx. 5 pages when printedWhen you read a research article, you're likely to run across descriptions of how the researchers analyzed the data they collected. There may be many terms about their statistical methods that leave you wondering, huh? In order to understand what the authors are trying to say, you need to understand their lingo. This Research Basic can help you do just … [Read more...]

Effect size matters in educational research

A blog by Robert Slavin for Education Week, explaining why the effect sizes reported in educational research matters and what it means. (posted January 10, 2013) … [Read more...]

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