Definition of Control Group
Example of Control Group
- Through pre- (before) and post- (after) testing, exploring whether exposure to six-weeks of anti-violence training produces measurable change among the participants, the control group is the one that is not provided any training.
Control Group Pronunciation
- IPA Pronunciation
- American English
- /kənˈtroʊl ɡrup/
- British English
- /kənˈtrəʊl ɡruːp/
- American English
- Syllabification: (con·trol group)
- Plural: control groups
- Typically experiments require an experimental group (exposed to independent variable) and a control group (not exposed to independent variable).
- Quantitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “control” and “group” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- random sample
- spurious correlation
- statistical analysis
Contributor: C. E. Seaman
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “control group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/control-group/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
Seaman, C. E. (2015). control group. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/control-group/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “control group.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/control-group/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
Seaman, C. E. “control group.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/control-group/>.