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Question about Education Research

Answer the followings with examples:

1. How can you use data from surveys, interviews, or questionnaires in a research project?
2. How can you use immediate student evaluation data (course test scores, etc.) in a research project?
3. How can you use student evaluation data from standardized tests in a research project?
4. Describe your process for developing a survey. How do you go about it?
5. How can a Likert scale be useful in collecting responses on questionnaires or surveys?
6. What concerns should you have about reliability and validity of instruments?
7. What is inter-rater reliability, and how might it concern your research process?

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Answer the followings with examples:

1. How can you use data from surveys, interviews, or questionnaires in a research project?
There are several uses that can be made of data.
First of all. in general data implies quantitative i.e numerical information (i.e. scores, ratings ,completion values etc) which single case studies and open ended interviews do not supply as readily.
By providing quantitative information a trend or pattern can be shown and displayed (i.e data can be used and converted to pictorial information) this could be:
Graphs, diagrams, bar charts, histograms, pi charts etc and in turn this can be used to show:
• Patterns far more clearly than can be shown by tables of data
• Trends and correlations i.e. positive correlations, negative correlations or lack of correlation can all be seen clearly
• Other statistical measurements of central tendency e.g. mode, median, mean, range, standard deviation etc can all be seen from plotted data.
Experimental, alternate and null hypotheses can be put to statistical analysis if data is generated and these supported or rejected accordingly.
Also the statistical terms described above can be calculated if data is available.
Finally data allows objective approach to research and is often considered more valid than the ...

Solution Summary

Surveys, interviews, or questionnaires for a research project are examined.

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