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Students' developing knowledge in a subject discipline: insights from combining quantitative and qualitative methods

Hoyles, Celia and Küchemann, Dietmar and Healy, Lulu and Yang, Min (2005) Students' developing knowledge in a subject discipline: insights from combining quantitative and qualitative methods. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 8 (3). pp. 225-238. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

In this paper we describe an example of research that combined quantitative and qualitative methods in order to investigate students' developing mathematical reasoning over time and to identify factors that were influential in this development

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Additional Information: The paper describes ESRC-funded research that combined quantitative and qualitative methods in order to investigate how students' mathematical explanations change over time and to identify factors underlying any changes. The quantitative methods used included tracing trends in hierarchically-ordered categorical data, and multilevel analyses of student scores to identify significant predictors of students’ progress. Qualitative methods used included interviews with selected students in schools identified from the multilevel modeling as those in which students performed significantly better than would be predicted. By reference to these analyses as applied to one geometrical item, the paper points to how the mixing of methods shed light on trends in patterns of student response as well as on unexpected results, and led to reflexive testing of some initial assumptions about the development of mathematical reasoning. Hoyles made major input to coordinate and draw out the main points from the different methods of analysis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Hoyles, Celia and Küchemann, Dietmar and Healy, Lulu and Yang, Min (2005) Students' developing knowledge in a subject discipline: insights from combining quantitative and qualitative methods. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 8 (3). pp. 225-238. International Journal of Social Research Methodology is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/13645570500154899
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IOE Departments > Departments > London Knowledge Lab
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Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 16:40
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