Applied Research Methods and Statistics

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kleurrijke tekening van statistsiche vormen, blokken, tabel

Which research methods do we use?

In our research group Methods & Techniques (M&T), there are three research lines:

1. Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews

2. Experience Sampling MethodsĀ 

3. Validation research/ Evidence-based research

We work together a lot with researchers from, among others, the Psychology and Educational Sciences programmes, with the M&T staff carrying out the more advanced analyses.

Why do we choose this type of research method?

The staff members of the M&T research group have specialised in advanced statistical methods and techniques. In addition, they work in various substantive research areas and thus form a bridge to different fields/sections/teams in the psychology and educational sciences and sometimes also in other areas, e.g. the medical sciences. These collaborations make it possible to design substantive/applied research even more thoughtfully and use richer statistical methods. This allows the results to be given as much meaning as possible.

How does our research method make an impact?

Research in psychology and pedagogical sciences is based on the analysis of complex behavioural data or, for example, measurements of brain activity. Therefore, the correct application and continuous development of modern statistical methods, including qualitative research, is of central importance for any gain in knowledge in these fields. This is also important for developing new pedagogical or psychological interventions and therapies. Research and teaching in methodology and statistics is concentrated at ESSB in the M&T research group.

Our goal is to continuously improve the application of statistics in research and in society. Therefore, we give lectures, publish scientific articles and tutorials and develop software for experimental research and statistics education. In addition, the M&T research group is involved in setting up national collaborations in statistics education and in various national and international research projects in educational psychology, family pedagogy, cognitive psychology, and medicine

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