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The Computer Techniques Used in the Equality of Educational Opportunity Survey

Beaton, Albert E.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Coleman Report, Computer Oriented Programs, Data Analysis, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Research Methodology, Surveys


The educational implications and statistical methods of the Coleman Report have been widely discussed, but little has been said so far of the computational procedures. The computing methods have implications to the world of educational research and evaluation, for it is clear that computer technology, both hardware and software, interact with and affect the type of study we design, the models we build, and the hypotheses we test. The computer techniques of the Coleman Report are, perhaps, of special interest since the study was so large, the time limit so critical, and the results so important. The purpose of this paper is to describe briefly the statistical system used, the various steps in data analysis, and report some conclusions on computer methodology which might be useful to other researchers on other research projects.

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