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Conducting research on high school dropouts

What research design can be useful for high school dropouts?

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I have provided for you a list of 9 research designs, along with their purpose and an example. The very last one is most appropriate for studying high school drop outs.

HISTORICAL

Purpose

To reconstruct the past objectively and accurately, often in relation to the tenability of an hypothesis.

Examples

A study reconstructing practices in the teaching of spelling in the United States during the past 50 years; tracing the history of civil rights in the United States education since the civil war; testing the hypothesis that Francis Bacon is the real author of the works of Shakespeare.

DESCRIPTIVE

Purpose

To describe systematically a situation or area of interest factually and accurately.

Examples

Public opinion surveys, fact-finding surveys, job descriptions, surveys of the literature, documentary analyses, anecdotal records, critical incident reports, test score analyses, normative data, description of the type and age of computers in rural schools.

Note

Policy makers often rely on this type of research to inform their decisions.

DEVELOPMENTAL

Purpose

To investigate the patterns and sequences of growth and/or change as a function of time.

Examples

A longitudinal growth study following an initial sample of 200 children from six months of age to adulthood; a cross -sectional growth study investigating changing patterns of intelligence by ...

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This solution provides a list of 9 research designs, along with their purpose and an example for each. The very last one is most appropriate for studying high school drop outs.

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