ERIC Number: ED261094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Quantitative Methods: A Critique.
This paper addresses several issues in quantitative research that educational researchers should examine with more care. While the purposes of experimentation is to determine causality, the study of causal relations is difficult and problematic. Computational and conceptual errors in statistical analysis seem limited only by the creativity of the researcher. The problem of evidence that contradicts theory is too often solved by throwing out the data or renaming the facts. While researchers have volunteered to improve education, the imposition of a research finding on all children everywhere regardless of the lack of evidence or the presence of questionable evidence is at best a mistake that might not be able to be remedied later. (BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Causal Inferences
Note: Paper presented at the Annaul Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 32-April 4, 1985).