Name two weaknesses of the following design (i.e, threats to either internal or external validity). Describe how the weaknesses could be overcome.
A. O1 X O2 Two group Pretest- Posttest
O1 -- O2
Note: O = Pretest Observations
O2 = Posttest Observations
(R) = Random Selection & Assignment to Groups
First problem is that the test units are not randomly assigned. See there is no (R) symbol in the symbolic representation of the experiment. Because no random assignment is made the two groups may differ before the treatment and ...
Data collection threats are discussed in the solution.
Trained Data Collectors
What effect does improperly trained data collectors have on the data collection process? How do they affect the evaluation outcome? How can the evaluator overcome this threat to the data collection process?
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