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ERIC Number: ED011825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Dec-2
Pages: 11
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FLAWS IN RESEARCH DESIGN.
GUNDERSON, DORIS V.
SOME COMMON FLAWS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH DESIGN WERE ANALYZED ON THE BASIS OF A STUDY BY DR. GERALD SMITH OF 1,091 UNSUCCESSFUL RESEARCH PROPOSALS. THE FOLLOWING INADEQUACIES ARE DISCUSSED-- (1) THE LACK OF SPECIFICITY IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE RESEARCH DESIGN, (2) THE NON-DELIMITED PROBLEM, (3) THE LACK OF THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK FROM WHICH TO APPROACH THE PROBLEM, (4) THE LACK OF SIGNIFICANCE (USUALLY OVER-SIMPLIFICATION OF A COMPLEX PROBLEM), (5) THE FAILURE TO EXAMINE THOROUGHLY AND CRITICALLY PREVIOUS RESEARCH IN THE AREA, (6) THE PROVINCIALISM IN THE REVIEW OF RESEARCH (LIMITED SCOPE, GEOGRAPHY, SUBSTANCE, AND METHOD), (7) THE FAILURE TO INCLUDE REVIEW OF RELATED RESEARCH IN THE PROPOSAL, (8) THE FAILURE TO INCLUDE OBJECTIVES, HYPOTHESES, AND QUESTIONS OR INCLUSION OF BROAD OR VAGUE STATEMENTS OF OBJECTIVES, (9) INADEQUACIES IN SAMPLING (INCOMPLETENESS, LACK OF CLARITY IN SAMPLING PLAN, LACK OF WELL-DEFINED POPULATION), (10) THE FAILURE TO DESCRIBE TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTS TO BE USED IN THE RESEARCH, (11) INCOMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF THE STATISTICAL TREATMENT OF THE DATA, (12) THE USE OF UNSCIENTIFIC LANGUAGE OR OVERUSE OF TECHNICAL OR PSEUDO-TECHNICAL LANGUAGE, AND (13) NO CONTROL FOR THE HAWTHORNE EFFECT. TEN CONCLUSIONS DRAWN FROM THE ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH-DESIGN INADEQUACIES CONCERNING THE AREA OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ARE LISTED. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED TO THE NATIONAL READING CONFERENCE (SAINT PETERSBURG, DECEMBER 2, 1966). (LS)
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