Putting the Quantitative Pieces Together to Maximize the Possibilities for a Successful Project
In this chapter, the authors outline key steps and considerations to take into account when entering into the realm of quantitative research. The primary question guiding this chapter is the following: “How does one conduct quality quantitative research as a novice researcher?” Several equally important questions are subsumed within this general question, such as “What are the first steps to conducting quantitative research?” and “What are the best statistical methods to use?” The authors address each of these questions based on their experience with quantitative research in academia. The authors include senior and junior professors as well as senior doctoral students, each of whom began their research career with as many questions and concerns as any novice beginning their research journey is likely to have. That said, the authors aim to help novice researchers explore how quantitative research in mathematics education requires several sequential and coordinated steps and to outline tips and precautions to take as well.
KeywordsQuantitative research design Quantitative statistical analysis Novice researchers Mathematics educational research
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