ERIC Number: ED393251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Scientific and Methodological Concerns in Research: Perspectives for Multicultural Learners.
Utley, Cheryl A.; Obiakor, Festus E.
This review of the literature addresses scientific and methodological concerns of research with children from various racial and ethnic backgrounds in the United States. It first identifies three major demographic trends: (1) the increasingly multiethnic and multilingual nature of American society; (2) the increasing number of children in poverty; and (3) the increased risk of needing special education services when conditions of poverty and racial and language diversity exist. Specific challenges to researchers are discussed, including the relationship among race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender. The importance of epistemological considerations is also noted, especially considering issues of race categorization, ethics, and human values. Issues raised by the underlying assumptions of quantitative research methodology are noted, including sampling, instrumentation, and measurement. The importance of the mutual support of research and practice is stressed. (Contains 50 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Disabilities, Epistemology, Ethics, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Evaluation Methods, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Poverty, Racial Differences, Research and Development, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Special Education, Testing Problems, Theory Practice Relationship, Values
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Portions of paper presented at the Office of Special Education Programs Project Directors' Conference (Washington, DC, July 1995).