ERIC Number: ED400269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Kerlinger's Research Myths: An Overview with Implications for Professors of Educational Research.
Daniel, Larry G.
A generation ago, Fred N. Kerlinger proposed that there were a number of myths that pervaded educational research. An overview of three specific myths is presented, followed by a discussion of the degree to which these myths have been overcome or still exist in educational research. The first of these myths, the "methods" myth, is centered about the naive misperception that research design is synonymous with research methodology, and that merely gathering data constitutes research. A second myth is an excessive concern with practicality, a preoccupation with the immediate "payoff" when designing, conducting, or evaluating research, rather than an interest in the advance of theory. A third myth, the "statistics" myth, was probably meant by Kerlinger to denote two distinct problems. One is a fundamental disregard for statistics as an informational and methodological tool, and the other is a failure to understand that research design and statistical analysis are intimately related. Although some progress is being made in addressing each of these myths, they continue to persist and exert adverse effects on the quality of educational research. (Contains 60 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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