ERIC Number: ED070292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Some Problems in Advising on Research Methodology.
By and large behavioral scientists, particularly in education and psychology lack the sophisticated mathematical understanding necessary for adequate statistical analysis, especially multivariate analysis. And incompetent use of measurement theory, psychometry, and statistics cannot but lead to bad research. The remedy for this is better mathematical training of the behavioral scientist and the creation of special well educated advisors on research methodology. The advisor's role is not only one of dealing with attitudes to research methodology and the consequences of inadequate methods, but also to further the methodological education of the client. Preventative measures must be taken to keep researchers in education and psychology from slowly dividing themselves into two non-communicating camps depending on the knowledge of mathematics and statistics. The problems are solvable only if more researchers are willing to change their attitudes to methodology. (MC)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: School of Education, Malmo (Sweden). Dept. of Educational and Psychological Research.
Note: didakometry number 36; Paper presented at the Conference of the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology (Nijmegen, September 1972)