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Educational Research

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Action ResearchInvestigates specific classroom problems
Experimental ResearchManipulation of factors that may influence subjects
VariableA concept or characteristic that involves variations
Independent VariablePrecedes, influences, or predicts the dependant variable
Dependent VariableAffected or predicted by the independent variable
Extraneous VariableSource of error affecting the results
Confounding VariableVaries systematically with the independent variable
HypothesisTentative predictions or expectations
Research HypothesisStatement of expected results
Statistical HypothesisStatistical statement of possible results
Null HypothesisStatistical statement that no significant difference or relationship exists
Non experimental ResearchNo manipulation of factors that may influence subjects;descriptive and comparative
QualitativeEmphasizes natural settings, understanding, verbal narratives, and flexible designs
QuantitativeEmphasizes numbers, measurements, deductive logic, control, and experiments
TheoryExplains relationships among phenomena
Educational ResearchDisciplined inquiry applied to educational problems

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