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Statistics the propeller for quantitative analysis: construction students challenges and level of understanding with various statistical tests

Osunsanmi, Temidayo O.; Aigbavboa, Clinton; Ajayi, Oluwaseyi M.

Authors

Clinton Aigbavboa

Oluwaseyi M. Ajayi



Abstract

Towards improving the Nigeria construction industry various research has been conducted adopting a quantitative research design. Despite the frequent research, the industry it is still faced with the same problem such as cost overrun and poor safety among the construction professionals. This study recognized poor understanding of the statistical test used for quantitative research design as the main reason for the poor contribution of the research findings to the construction industry. Therefore, the study examined the challenges and level of understanding with statistical test among construction researchers (Postgraduate students) in a selected University within, Nigeria. Questionnaire was utilized for sourcing through a convenience sampling method. A total of 45 questionnaires were obtained from the students out of 60 that was distributed and was analyzed using SPSS V 20. The study concludes that construction researchers mainly adopt quantitative research design, but have a low understanding of various statistical test used for quantitative analysis. Difficulty in getting a response to questionnaires is the main challenges confronting construction researchers when using quantitative research design. The study recommends that construction researchers should adopt a mixed research design (quantitative and qualitative) in other to improve the quality of research in the construction industry.). He is currently working on developing a model for supply chain management in the Nigeria construction industry.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Cobra 2018
Start Date Apr 23, 2018
End Date Apr 24, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 7, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 30, 2022
Series ISSN 2398-8614
Book Title RICS Cobra 2018
Keywords Built Environment; construction students; Qualitative research; Quantitative research; Statistical test
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2883750