Use of statistics in recently-published physical education research

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kathleen A. Tritschler (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pearl Berlin

Abstract: The types and frequencies of statistical techniques reported in recently-published physical education research were studied. Also investigated were: (a) complexity of the data that were analyzed, (b) frequency and levels of significance testing, assumption testing, and data transformation, and (c) characteristics of the reporting of statistical analyses. Stratified random sampling with proportional allocation from seven physical education research journals was used to identify a sample of 233 quantitative research reports. Content analyses revealed that a wide variety of statistical techniques were employed in the sample of reports. Descriptive statistics were reported most frequently; a majority of the reports did, however, employ at least one inferential analysis. A £ value of .05 was the most commonly reported alpha level for significance testing, although most studies failed to state a criterion alpha level. Among the inferential studies, 98% reported statistical "significance" of their findings.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Physical education and training $x Research
Physical education and training $v Statistics

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