ERIC Number: ED202914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
Taboo, Constraint, and Responsibility in Educational Research.
Jensen, Arthur R.
A controversial educational researcher lists personal experiences which seem to have ethical implications for his profession. His list includes: (1) a claim that one of his articles contained 53 errors, but after two years, the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Ethical Standards had only received a list of 53 non-errors; (2) a reference to him in a newspaper article by a sociologist as a "liar and a fake"; (3) a widely circulated questionnaire among APA members asking them to register agreement or disagreement with a quoted key sentence whose crucial phrase had been deleted; (4) a published criticism by an expert of the draft of a paper requested not to be cited or quoted; (5) the urging at an APA convention by the President that members attending a particular session do "plenty of hissing and booing"; (6) several instances where book reviews were entirely influenced by the preference of the journal editor; (7) a case where a funding agency said it would consider supporting research only if it could know the conclusions beforehand; and (8) two cases in which school officials commissioned research to be conducted and later withdrew support because of political implications. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Psychological Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).