A book edited by COE researchers that gives a practical guide to quantitative methods in the social sciences won a prestigious award from the American Educational Research Association. COE researchers Drs. Gregory R. Hancock and Laura Stapleton, along with Dr. Ralph O. Mueller of Purdue University Northwest, edited “The Reviewer’s Guide to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences,” which received the AERA Division D 2021 Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award. The book is meant to be instructive for reviewers of research manuscripts, as well as researchers, providing a broad overview of the many quantitative methods used in the social sciences.
“The comprehensive coverage of a wide variety of quantitative methods with the unique and original contribution of the desiderata table for each method, which summarizes everything one needs to know about a method, is going to be immensely useful to both practitioners and budding scholars alike,” said Priya Kannan, Awards Chair for Division D of AERA, in an email announcing the award.
The book received the highest accolades among six highly competitive applications for the award, and is set to become a go-to resource for practitioners and upcoming scholars in the field.
"As a reference tool, the book is able to help navigate the quantitative landscape of education research, and we purposefully chose a range of voices as experts on the methodological topics so that the information shared is trustworthy, accurate, and accessible," said Dr. Hancock, senior editor. "The Reviewer’s Guide represents a living resource that will continue to grow as the landscape of quantitative methods used in education evolves."
Dr. Hancock and Dr. Stapleton are professors in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology.
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