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ERIC Number: EJ791248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
"White Blankets May Make You Smarter" and Other Questionable Social Science Findings
Blimling, Gregory S.
About Campus, v9 n3 p2-9 Jul-Aug 2004
The social sciences are awash with studies of varying quality. The process of getting published is supposed to sort the good from the bad and, through feedback and editing, make the good better. Ideally, that is how the system should and usually does work--but it does not always work that way. One problem with social science research is that the results are often quoted outside the context of the research methodology and represented as fact. The findings may be based on faulty logic. Social science research should be created to answer questions, not to bend the truth to prove a point. This article explains why research, experience, logic, and circumstances need to be considered when creating, using, and interpreting information. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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