ERIC Number: ED226041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Research Appearing in Gerontology Journals between 1975-1980.
Crandall, Richard C.
There has recently been a tremendous increase in the quantity of research published in gerontology. While the increase in the quantity of research has been regarded positively by gerontologists, there has been little discussion or evaluation of the quality of the research. Two articles that appeared in 1975 were both very critical of gerontological research published prior to 1975. Specifically these articles noted that the terminology used to describe subjects was ambiguous and overlapping; samples were small, non-random, and poorly described; and there was a lack of studies on minority groups. Both articles made recommendations for future research. To ascertain if the recommendations of these articles had an impact on those submitting articles, journal referees, or journal editors, this study examined research published in five gerontology journals between 1975-1980. This study found that the deficiencies noted in gerontological research published prior to 1975 were still present in research published between 1975-1980. The results indicate that the quality of research in gerontology is often inadequate. Guidelines for future research are made. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Trends
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (35th, Boston, MA, November 19-23, 1982); For related documents, see EJ 129 068 and EJ 127 391.