Principles for the Analysis of Large Complex Secondary Databases in Educational Settings

Principles for the Analysis of Large Complex Secondary Databases in Educational Settings

Yen To (The University of Southern Mississippi, USA) and Hansel Burley (Texas Tech University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-857-6.ch008
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Abstract

A primary feature of institutional research work is prediction. When statistics are used as the primary analysis tool, much of this work depends upon ordinary least squares regression, which assumes that data have one level. However, much of the data in educational research, in general, and in higher education research, in particular, is multilevel or nested. This chapter explores multilevel data analysis, with a focus on exploring issues associated with sampling, weighting, design effects, and analysis of data. Additionally, it emphasizes the importance of considering contextual effects using as a reference large secondary datasets. The chapter will also explore opportunities and challenges presented by these types of data.

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