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ERIC Number: ED013591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
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LET'S LOOK AT RESEARCH.
CHASTAIN, KENNETH
GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF INFERENTIAL STATISTICAL METHODS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN WOULD ENABLE LANGUAGE TEACHERS TO INTERPRET OBJECTIVELY AVAILABLE RESEARCH REPORTS AND HOPEFULLY WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE EXPERIMENTATION. TO UNDERSTAND THE EXPERIMENTAL PROCESS, EDUCATORS MUST REALIZE THAT ANY EXPERIMENT IS AS SUCCESSFUL AS THE EXPERIMENTER IS IN DESIGNING A STUDY ISOMORPHIC TO THE UNDERLYING MATHEMATICAL ASSUMPTIONS AND IN APPLYING STATISTICAL ANALYSIS APPROPRIATE TO THESE ASSUMPTIONS. A RANDOM SAMPLING IS A LOGICAL STEP IN ARRIVING AT THE PROBABILITY VALUES USED IN TESTING A HYPOTHESIS BECAUSE ITS CONSTANT AND INDEPENDENT PROBABILITY FACTORS CAN BE COPED WITH IN SIMPLE MATHEMATICAL TERMS. WITHOUT AT LEAST A CURSORY ACQUAINTANCE WITH RESEARCH REPORTING, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, EDUCATORS MIGHT EASILY ACCEPT THE EXPERIMENTER'S CONCLUSIONS WITHOUT ANALYZING THE CONTENT THAT LED TO THE CONCLUSIONS. NEVERTHELESS, INTELLIGENT APPRAISAL OF THE LIMITED RESEARCH AVAILABLE REQUIRES A THOROUGH EVALUATION OF ALL AREAS OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL VALIDITY. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "HISPANIA," VOLUME 50, NUMBER 3, SEPTEMBER 1967, PAGES 496-500. (AB)
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugese.
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