Qualitative methods used in the assessment of engineering education

Jon A. Leydens, Barbara M. Moskal, Michael J. Pavelich

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This article clarifies key concepts that undergird qualitative research, which is being used increasingly as engineering educators improve classrooms, programs, and institutions. The paper compares quantitative and qualitative research, describes some qualitative data collection strategies used in engineering education, addresses methods for establishing trustworthiness, and discusses strategies for analyzing qualitative data. Also included are illustrative examples of recent engineering education research that features qualitative data analysis and mixed-method (quantitative and qualitative) approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004


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