Abstract

Abstract:

This article describes quantitative observation as a method for understanding college educational experiences. Quantitative observation has been used widely in several fields and in K–12 education, but has had limited application to research in higher education and student affairs to date. The article describes the central tenets of quantitative observation, using an example protocol, the College Educational Quality (CEQ) study, to illustrate its potential application to higher education and student affairs research. Quantitative observation allows researchers to witness the educational process as it unfolds, and does so in a systematic way that enables understanding patterns across time, groups, and settings.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 290-299
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-16
Open Access
No
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