Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research

Advantages and Disadvantages of Experimental Research: Quick Reference List

Experimental and quasi-experimental research can be summarized in terms of their advantages and disadvantages. This section combines and elaborates upon many points mentioned previously in this guide.

Advantages

Disadvantages

gain insight into methods of instruction

subject to human error

intuitive practice shaped by research

personal bias of researcher may intrude

teachers have bias but can be reflective

sample may not be representative

researcher can have control over variables

can produce artificial results

humans perform experiments anyway

results may only apply to one situation and may be difficult to replicate

can be combined with other research methods for rigor

groups may not be comparable

use to determine what is best for population

human response can be difficult to measure

provides for greater transferability than anecdotal research

political pressure may skew results

 

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