is the key to the support of any worthwhile theory.
Replication involves the process of repeating
a study using the same methods, different subjects,
and different experimenters.
It can also involve applying the theory to
new situations in an attempt to determine the
generalizability to different age groups, locations,
races, or cultures.
For example, our study of non-traditional
students may be completed using students from
another college or from another state.
It may be changed slightly to add additional
variables such as age, sex, or race to determine if
these variables play any role in our results.
therefore, is important for a number of reasons,
including (1) assurance that results are valid and
reliable; (2) determination of generalizability or
the role of extraneous variables; (3) application of
results to real world situations; and (4)
inspiration of new research combining previous
findings from related studies.