Discussion: Non-Causal Designs
Prepare a written analysis based on the article by Beauvais, Steward, DeNisco, and Beauvais (2014) that addresses the following:
Determine the general advantages and disadvantages of correlational designs. Determine the study’s strengths and weaknesses based on your findings.
Explain when a correlational design is most useful in an educational setting and whether this is an appropriate use of a correlational design in this study. Explain why, and if not, suggest a more precise research design.
Identify and explain the types of problems that correlational designs are best suited to solving. Determine whether a correlational design is the best way to address the problem in this study.
Review the study’s research question, and then provide a sample research question corresponding to a different hypothetical correlational design.
At the very least, use this scholarly resource to back up your assignment. Other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included in addition to these specified resources.
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