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ERIC Number: ED113778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 10
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Subject Attitudes Toward Research and Researchers: Deception vs. Role Playing.
Hocking, John E.; Miller, M. Mark
In recent years data have begun to accumulate on the efficacy of role playing as an alternative to deception in research. The ethics of deception as a research technique are also being considered. The present study was designed to provide data describing subjects' post-participation attitudes toward research and researchers in comparable role playing and deception experimental conditions. Subjects were 214 students who were enrolled in eight introductory communication courses at Michigan State University, randomly assigned in intact classes to the experimental conditions, and who were participants in a communication experiment designed to determine the impact of a specific news event. One half of the students had been previously informed that this news event was to be a fabrication. All subjects were required to fill out two questionnaires, one which dealt with their response to the news and the other which concerned their response to having participated in the experiment. The study indicated that subjects in the deception condition were more favorable toward participation in the research and toward researchers than were subjects in the role playing conditions. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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