Using Randomised Controlled Trials in Education
- Paul Connolly - Lancaster University, UK
- Andy Biggart - Queen's University, Belfast, UK
- Dr. Sarah Miller - Queen's University Belfast, UK
- Liam O'Hare - Queen's University Belfast, UK
- Allen Thurston - Queen's University Belfast, UK
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.
· 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.
This is essential reading for anyone getting to grips with running an RCT in schools. It demystifies the statistical analysis of trials data. Coverage of the historical controversy surrounding the method, in conjunction with guidance on reporting, provides a measured view of the role of experiments in education research.
This is a well written text which offers a babbled view of the use of Randomised Controlled Trails (RCTs) in education highlighting the uses and the pitfalls if they are applied badly. There is a drive at the moment for development of positivist paradigms so this is an important text to have access to for educational researchers.