ERIC Number: ED289933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-28
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Behavioral Methodology for Designing and Evaluating Applied Programs for Women.
Thurston, Linda P.
To be maximally effective in solving problems, researchers must place their methodological and theoretical models of science within social and political contexts. They must become aware of biases and assumptions and move toward a more valid perception of social realities. Psychologists must view women in the situational context within which behaviors happen, and must avoid the sexist viewpoints which have been traditional in American culture. This paper discusses the scientific method in terms of the social and political contexts of our culture and suggests five critical areas which behaviorists must analyze as they develop programs for minorities. These areas are: (1) formulation of the problem; (2) operationalization of the program/research; (3) consideration (or lack of consideration) of the social-political context in which women behave; (4) experimenter bias; and (5) analysis and inference. A case study of the Juniper Gardens Children's Project from 1979 to 1982 is presented. (Author/VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis (8th, Milwaukee, WI, May 28-31, 1982).