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Researchers Share RCT Expertise with Launch of Major New Textbook

A major new research methodology textbook has been launched this week, based upon the expertise of researchers within the School and the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI).

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The textbook, Using Randomised Controlled Trials in Education, by the leading international publisher Sage, is part of the prestigious BERA Research Methods in Education series. The book draws upon the considerable experience of a team of education academics from the School, all Fellows of CESI, in undertaking randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in education. Over the last decade, the Centre has been responsible for over 50 randomised controlled trials, with many of these focused on education.

The book has been written for postgraduate students and researchers and takes the reader carefully through all the steps required in designing, undertaking and writing up an RCT. The book also uses real-life examples from a range of RCTs conducted by CESI researchers over the years. The data from these trials have also been made available through a companion website for the book so that readers can follow and replicate the analyses covered for themselves. 

The book has been written by Paul Connolly, Andy Biggart, Sarah Miller, Liam O’Hare and Allen Thurston. Speaking of the book, Paul Connolly said: “The Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation draws together over 100 academic and research staff from across Queen’s University Belfast. The Centre has established itself as one of the leading interdisciplinary social science research centres internationally for undertaking RCTs. We are delighted to be able to share this expertise through our new book and hope that it can play a role in encouraging the greater use of RCTs in education.”

Further information on the book is available on the publisher’s website.