ERIC Number: EJ1037183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
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Reference Count: 20
Thinking Fast and Slow about Causality: Response to Palinkas
Marsh, Jeanne C.
Research on Social Work Practice, v24 n5 p548-551 Sep 2014
Larry Palinkas advances the developing science of social work by providing an explanation of how social science research methods, both qualitative and quantitative, can improve our capacity to draw casual inferences. Understanding causal relations and making causal inferences--with the promise of being able to predict and control outcomes--is fundamental to the scientific enterprise. This response builds on Palinkas paper with two points: (1) The search for causality is inevitable, i.e., hard-wired into research decision-making process. (2) Thinking slowly about research methods, i.e., avoiding the influence of heuristics that may influence decision-making in predictable ways, will reduce bias and improve causal inferences.
Descriptors: Social Work, Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Inferences, Scientific Enterprise, Decision Making Skills, Heuristics, Bias, Cognitive Mapping, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Principles
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