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Narrative Analysis

A specialized research method in Qualitative Research that looks at the dynamics and characteristics of stories and story-like types of Data.


A branch of philosophy that says that complex things are built out of simple things. An important source of ideas for both science and Quantitative Research.

Normal Distribution

The most important type of distribution in Educational Research. When a Distribution is normal, then the Mean and Standard Deviation are related to each other in important systematic ways. It is also symmetrical, which indicates the Variable being measured is also systematic. Represented visually as the Normal Curve or sometimes the Bell Curve.

Null Hypothesis

The type of Hypothesis most often used in Inferential Statistics. When the Null Hypothesis is used, the researcher is actually testing the likelihood that the Null Hypothesis ought to be accepted. When that is shown to be highly unlikely, the actual Hypothesis is then accepted.