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McNiff, 1992: 12) Gilbert and Watts (1983: 64) refer to this paradigm, as a tradition ‘in which explanation is the goal’, and associate it with such descriptors as ‘scientific’, ‘experimental’, and ‘traditional’. ERP1 research is ‘nomothetic’ – that is concerned with finding general laws – and it is commonly associated with quantitative research methodology. Biddle and Anderson characterise research that ‘presumes to establish objective information about social behaviour that can be generalized’ (Biddle and Anderson, 1986: 231) as a confirmatory perspective, where: Two methods have dominated … the cross-sectional survey in which data are gathered, on one occasion, often from a sample of persons taken to represent some universe of human beings in whom we are interested [or an alternative approach of] manipulative experiments … in which the investigator controls irrelevant sources of variation, manipulates an independent variable, and then observes effects in a dependent variable.
Are not contradicted by Kinchin’s work, as the informants in the Ravitz study were teachers and not the students themselves. qxd 4/17/2007 11:56 AM Page 29 What is this Thing Called Educational Research? in the United States may have different views to the English students in Kinchin’s sample. In a paper published in the journal Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice,Wong (2005) reports a study comparing the beliefs of music teachers in two different cultures (Vancouver, Canada and Hong Kong, China).
Most libraries have access to these tools, and staff to help you use them. We might be tempted to assume a study with a large sample size offering ‘statistically significant’ results should always be taken more seriously than an in-depth account of a case-study of a single teacher working with one class. However, before we make such judgements, it is important to understand what researchers are doing in different types of studies, and – just as important – why some researchers deliberately choose to avoid large samples and the apparently definitive results that statistical studies seem to offer.