Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Methodologies Ph.D.

Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Methodologies Faculty Members

The mission of the Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Methodologies (QMRM) concentration is to provide training with both breadth and depth in the understanding, application and development of quantitative methodologies and/or mixed methods research as approaches for generating knowledge in the field of education and other social and behavioral sciences.

Quantitative and Mixed --Methods Research Methodologies:

  • Is a concentration in the Educational Studies graduate Ph.D. program
  • Provides training in the understanding, application, and development of quantitative and mixed methods research

The QMRM Concentration targets two types of students:

  • Students who want to become research methodologists who specialize in the advancement of research methods
  • Students who want to become applied researchers in a substantive area with a specialization in the application of a quantitative or mixed methods research approach

Graduate Students in the QMRM Program:

  • Complete course work in study design, data collection, and data analysis as applied in empirical human research.
  • Are introduced to diverse approaches to empirical research
  • Aim to advance understanding and application of research methodologies, including:
    • Quantitative research designs (e.g., quasi-experimental designs)
    • Quantitative data collection procedures (e.g., measurement issues)
    • Statistical data analysis techniques (e.g., multilevel modeling)
    • Mixed methods research that combines quantitative and qualitative approaches (e.g., integration procedures)

Research methodologists are generally very successful at obtaining employment after obtaining a Ph.D. degree.

The types of positions obtained by research methodologists include:

  • Professors – Academic positions involve research, teaching, and service at colleges and universities
  • Testing Professionals – Research positions at testing companies (such as ETS or College Board) involve the development, assessment, and refinement of tests and performance measures
  • Evaluators – Evaluation positions within commercial and nonprofit agencies involve the design and implementation of needs, formative, and summative assessments
  • Research Statisticians/Consultants – Research support statisticians/consultants within specialized research groups, such as a College of Nursing or a program of grant funding, focus on the development and implementation of research grants
  • Business Statisticians/Consultants – Business statisticians/consultants within companies, such as Netflix or Facebook, focus on data mining to uncover important trends in consumption and productivity
  • Institutional Researchers – Institutional researchers within higher education focus on empirically describing and analyzing the full spectrum of functions (educational, administrative, and support) at institutions to facilitate institutional decision making
  • Assessment Coordinators – Assessment coordinators oversee the student and teacher assessment process within K-12 districts

QMRM Faculty Study Methodological Topics in the Areas of:

  • Quantitative research design
  • Measurement and psychometrics
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Statistical data analysis techniques
  • Mixed methods research design

The Methods Used to Study Research Methods Include:

  • Monte Carlo simulations to model the performance of statistical procedures
  • Database reviews to examine how research methods are being applied in substantive research
  • Empirical research on existing practices such as how and why researchers utilize certain methods
  • Empirical research on new tools to better understand the advantages and limitations of research tools
  • Data analytics and large-scale database design to facilitate the collection, warehousing, organization, analysis, and dissemination of qualitative and quantitative data to facilitate institutional decision making

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Research methodologists are generally very successful at obtaining employment after obtaining a Ph.D. degree.

The types of positions obtained by research methodologists include:

  • Professors – Academic positions involve research, teaching, and service at colleges and universities
  • Testing Professionals – Research positions at testing companies (such as ETS or College Board) involve the development, assessment, and refinement of tests and performance measures
  • Evaluators – Evaluation positions within commercial and nonprofit agencies involve the design and implementation of needs, formative, and summative assessments
  • Research Statisticians/Consultants – Research support statisticians/consultants within specialized research groups, such as a College of Nursing or a program of grant funding, focus on the development and implementation of research grants
  • Business Statisticians/Consultants – Business statisticians/consultants within companies, such as Netflix or Facebook, focus on data mining to uncover important trends in consumption and productivity
  • Institutional Researchers – Institutional researchers within higher education focus on empirically describing and analyzing the full spectrum of functions (educational, administrative, and support) at institutions to facilitate institutional decision making
  • Assessment Coordinators – Assessment coordinators oversee the student and teacher assessment process within K-12 districts

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