Glossary of Research Terms

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3 Responses to Glossary of Research Terms

  1. Aryn says:

    External and Internal Validity:

    “External validity is the extent to which results of a study can be generalized to the world at large. Because the goal of research is to tell us about the world, external validity is a very important part of designing a study.”

    “An experiment that is high in internal validity is able to prove that the independent variable caused the dependent variable and no other variable did. … There are several threats to internal validity, though, including selection, maturation, history, regression to the mean, instrumentation, testing and mortality.”

  2. fouq3376 says:

    Constructs: concepts such as attitude, intelligence, personality, motivation, and achievement that must be operationally defined in such a way that they can be counted. For example, to measure attitude you can give it numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, with 1 being strongly dislike and 5 being strongly like. In this way you can give such a concept numeric form.

  3. pitt2892 says:

    Pedagogy: The method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept. Pedagogy informs teaching strategies, teacher actions, and teacher judgments and decisions by taking into consideration theories of learning, understandings of students and their needs, and the backgrounds and interests of individual students.

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