ERIC Number: ED416214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-22
Why "Encouraging" Effect Size Reporting Isn't Working: The Etiology of Researcher Resistance to Changing Practices.
Given decades of lucid, blunt admonitions that statistical significance tests are often misused, and that the tests are somewhat limited in utility, what is needed is less repeated bashing of statistical tests, and some honest reflection regarding the etiology of researchers' denial and psychological resistance (sometimes unconscious) to improved practice. Three etiologies are briefly explored here: (1) atavism; (2) "is/ought" logic fallacies; and (3) confusion/desperation. Understanding the etiology of psychological resistance may ultimately lead to improved interventions to assist in overcoming researcher resistance to reporting effect sizes and using non-nil nulls and other analytic improvements. (Contains 45 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Houston, TX, January 1998).