Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Research on Teaching in Doctoral Programs: A Detailed, Multiyear Investigation of Focus, Method, and Analysis

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Research on Teaching in Doctoral Programs: A Detailed, Multiyear Investigation of Focus, Method, and Analysis

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Stephen Silverman and Mara Manson, Teachers College, Columbia University

Doctoral research often is the springboard for future scholarship. An analysis of doctoral research can provide insight into research preparation in a field. The purpose of this study was to follow a previous one of an earlier time period and provide a recent, detailed analysis of research on teaching reflected in doctoral dissertations. The study covered 1985 to 1998, the most recent complete year available. All entries (nearly 3700) listed under the category "education, physical" in the Dissertation Abstracts electronic database were examined. Based on abstracts, 186 were classified as research on teaching. Each abstract was coded for the primary and secondary research type, research focus, student variables measured, observations used, interviews used, other methods used, population, general methodology, and type of statistics reported. There were many subcategories within each classification. For both abstract selection and coding there were very high levels of agreement. Among the many results of the stu dy was that the majority of research was classified as instructional effectiveness (n = 171) and far fewer as cognition and decision making (n = 7) and research methods (n = 7). Of the instructional effectiveness studies most were teaching methods comparisons (n = 82) and descriptive studies (n = 40). …

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