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October 2009

Quantitative methods and modelling

Presenter: Andrew Martin

Discussant: Paul Ginns

Time: 4:30-6:30pm, 29 October 2009 (refreshments at 4:30pm for 5:00pm start)

Venue: Room 351, Education Building (A35), The University of Sydney

Quantitative Modelling of Correlational Data in Educational Research, by Andrew J. Martin

This presentation examines quantitative modelling of correlational data in educational research, with particular focus on and examples from educational psychology. Traversing cross-sectional and longitudinal methodologies, the presentation looks at the various ways correlational techniques have been applied to answer important questions of relevance to educators, psychologists, policy makers, and researchers. Having scoped the yields of correlational data and research, the presentation then addresses some of the short-comings and limitations in correlational modelling that need to be addressed to fully progress educational research. Alternative quantitative (eg. experimental methods) and qualitative approaches are then introduced, with particular attention given to the questions these methods can answer that correlational methods cannot. Taken together, it is evident that complementing correlational modelling with other rigorous quantitative and qualitative techniques enables researchers to generate a more thorough understanding of key educational issues than any one of these techniques alone.