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Educational Psychology: Empirical Studies in Education

What is an Empirical Study?

One containing data based on actual observation or experimentation.

How Can I Tell if an Article is Empirical?

Check for these components:

  • Peer-reviewed
  • Charts, graphs, and/or statistical analyses
  • More than 5 pages
  • Sections: Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References

Where Can I Find Empirically-Based Education Articles?

The most direct route is to search PsycINFO .   Select Advanced Search, enter your topic, and then select Empirical Study in the Methodology field.

 

To search for empirical studies in ERIC, go to Advanced Search, enter your topic in the 1st search box, empirical study in the 2nd box.   In the Limiters section: 1) Select Peer-Reviewed. 2) In the Journal or Document field, select Journal.  3) Select Reports-Research from the Publication Type field.


Empirical Research Cycle

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A visual representation of A.D. de Groot's empirical cycle. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.