
06503011
a
2015f.00295
Cai, Jinfa
Hwang, Stephen
Middleton, James A.
The role of largescale studies in mathematics education.
Middleton, James A. (ed.) et al., Largescale studies in mathematics education. Cham: Springer (ISBN 9783319077154/hbk; 9783319077161/ebook). Research in Mathematics Education, 405415 (2015).
2015
Cham: Springer
EN
D20
largescale studies
doi:10.1007/9783319077161_18
Summary: The goal for this monograph has been to present the state of the art in largescale studies in mathematics education. Although the chapters collected here are not intended to be a comprehensive compendium of such research, this selection of work does serve both to represent largescale studies in the field of mathematics education and to raise awareness of the issues that arise in conducting such studies. As can be seen from the studies included in this volume, the term ``largescale study" can cover a wide variety of research endeavors. Indeed, as we indicated in the introductory chapter, the IES and NSF Common Guidelines recognize many different types of research, and largescale studies can fall into more than one of these categories. The different types of research have correspondingly different purposes which require different sample sizes and methods of analysis. Moreover, the findings from different types of research have different degrees of generalizability. Despite these many differences, there are common features that largescale studies share. For example, largescale studies require large sample sizes, although exactly how large ``large" depends on the design of the study. In contrast to smallscale studies, largescale studies usually employ complex statistical analysis and have the potential to produce more readily generalizable results than smallscale studies.