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Getting Started with Quantitative Methods in Physics Education Research
written by Lin Ding and Xiufeng Liu
published by the American Association of Physics Teachers
edited by Charles R. Henderson and Kathleen A. Harper
In this article we provide a brief overview of three groups of quantitative research methods commonly used in physics education research (PER): descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and measurement instrument development and validation. These quantitative research methods are used respectively in three major types of PER, namely survey research, experimental/quasi-experimental studies, and measurement and evaluation studies. In order to highlight the importance of the close alignment between research questions and selected quantitative research methods, we review these quantitative techniques within each research type from three perspectives: data collection, data analysis, and result interpretation. We discuss the purpose, key aspects and potential issues of each quantitative technique, and where possible, specific PER studies are included as examples to illustrate how these methods fulfill specific research goals.
Book Title: Getting Started in PER
Series Name:  Reviews in PER
Volume 2
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Methods
- Research Design & Methodology
= Literature
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Professional Development
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L. Ding and X. Liu, , in Getting Started in PER, edited by C. Henderson and K. Harper, (American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, 2012), Vol. 2, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12601&DocID=3196).
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L. Ding and X. Liu, Getting Started with Quantitative Methods in Physics Education Research, in Getting Started in PER, edited by C. Henderson and K. Harper, (American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, 2012), Vol. 2, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12601&DocID=3196>.
APA Format
Ding, L., & Liu, X. (2012). Getting Started with Quantitative Methods in Physics Education Research. In Henderson, C., & Harper, K. (Eds.), Getting Started in PER (3, 2). College Park: American Association of Physics Teachers. Retrieved February 6, 2023, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12601&DocID=3196
Chicago Format
Ding, Lin, and Xiufeng Liu. "Getting Started with Quantitative Methods in Physics Education Research." In Getting Started in PER. 3 ed. Edited by Charles Henderson, and Kathleen Harper. College Park: American Association of Physics Teachers, 2012. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12601&DocID=3196 (accessed 6 February 2023).
MLA Format
Ding, Lin, and Xiufeng Liu. "Getting Started with Quantitative Methods in Physics Education Research." Getting Started in PER. Eds. Henderson, Charles, and Kathleen Harper. 3 ed. Vol. 2. College Park: American Association of Physics Teachers, 2012. 1 Dec. 2012. 6 Feb. 2023 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12601&DocID=3196>.
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