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ERIC Number: ED222637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Quality of Research among the Aged.
Lovelace, Terry
Age is often ranked as a significant variable in research studies concerned with the measurement of intellectual and linguistic capacities, including reading. In fact, age is often cited as the cause of a decline in performance on such tasks. However, determining the social, psycho-social, and physiological status of subjects and applying appropriate statistical analyses may result in chronological age becoming only an artifact in gerontological research, rather than the determining factor. The significant factor in the comparison of subjects of differing ages may be loss of visual or auditory acuity or discrimination or lack of motivation, and not age per se. Establishing rapport with elderly subjects and explaining the purpose of the studies to them should result in more valid testing and measurement. It is hoped that attention to these factors will increase the credibility of future gerontological research. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A