ERIC Number: ED367678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Historical Origins of Contemporary Statistical Testing Practices: How in the World Did Significance Testing Assume Its Current Place in Contemporary Analytic Practice?
Weigle, David C.
The purposes of the present paper are to address the historical development of statistical significance testing and to briefly examine contemporary practices regarding such testing in the light of these historical origins. Precursors leading to the advent of statistical significance testing are examined as are more recent controversies surrounding the issue. As the etiology of current practice is explored, it will become more apparent whether current practices evolved from deliberative judgment or merely developed from happenstance that has become reified in routine. Examination of the history of analysis suggests that the development of statistical significance testing has indeed involved a degree of deliberative judgment. It may be that the time for significance testing came and went, but there is no doubt that significance testing served as an important catalyst for the growth of science in the 20th century. (Contains 39 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 27, 1994).