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Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Research Methods in Engineering Education

Published on Jan 1, 2009in Journal of Engineering Education 1.98
· DOI :10.1002/j.2168-9830.2009.tb01005.x
Maura Borrego25
Estimated H-index: 25
(Virginia Tech),
Elliot P. Douglas21
Estimated H-index: 21
(University of Florida),
Catherine T. Amelink5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Virginia Tech)
The purpose of this research review is to open dialog about quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods in engineering education research. Our position is that no particular method is privileged over any other. Rather, the choice must be driven by the research questions. For each approach we offer a definition, aims, appropriate research questions, evaluation criteria, and examples from the Journal of Engineering Education. Then, we present empirical results from a prestigious international conference on engineering education research. Participants expressed disappointment in the low representation of qualitative studies; nonetheless, there appeared to be a strong preference for quantitative methods, particularly classroom-based experiments. Given the wide variety of issues still to be explored within engineering education, we expect that quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches will be essential in the future. We encourage readers to further investigate alternate research methods by accessing some of our sources and collaborating across education/social science and engineering disciplinary boundaries.
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Published on Jan 1, 2002
者:Sharan B. Merriam1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 1
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103 Citations
Published on Jan 1, 1994
Matthew B. Miles16
Estimated H-index: 16
A. Michael Huberman9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Published on Jan 1, 2002
Michael Quinn Patton30
Estimated H-index: 30
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Published on Apr 1, 2000
Allan Feldman20
Estimated H-index: 20
Jim Minstrell1
Estimated H-index: 1
Increasingly, action research has become a part of funded educational research and curricular development projects. There have been two main arguments for this. The first is that it reduces the time lag between the generation of new knowledge and its application in the classroom. If teachers are the researchers, the time lag may be reduced to zero. The second is that teachers represent a highly educated population who, with proper training, could act as classroom researchers. This offers are at ...
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Published on Jun 1, 1997
B. Michael Thorne1
Estimated H-index: 1
J. Martin Giesen1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Apr 28, 2002
Richard J. Shavelson53
Estimated H-index: 53
Lisa Towne7
Estimated H-index: 7
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Published on Jan 1, 1994
John W. Creswell45
Estimated H-index: 45
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Published on Aug 18, 2006
John W. Creswell45
Estimated H-index: 45
(University of Nebraska–Lincoln),
Vicki L. Plano Clark22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Nebraska–Lincoln)
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Published on Jan 1, 1997in Journal of Engineering Education 1.98
Cheryl Moller-Wong2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Iowa State University),
Arvid R. Eide1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Iowa State University)
National engineering enrollment peaked in the early 1980's and, with rare exception, has declined or remained flat for the past fifteen years. Historically, engineering enrollment has focused on new student recruitment, but recently much more attention has been directed toward the issue of student retention. Our efforts at Iowa State University to examine retention issues were divided into two parts. Phase I of the study, which is presented in this paper, was targeted to accomplish several objec...
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Estimated H-index: 14
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Estimated H-index: 54
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Published on Jan 1, 2013
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Published on Jul 7, 2013
Tarek Zarook2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 12
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Estimated H-index: 10
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Estimated H-index: 1
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