ERIC Number: ED196737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Educacion y Ciencias Sociales en el Mundo Moderno. [Education and the Social Sciences in the Modern World].
Rimoldi, Horacio J. A.
The document, written in Spanish, discusses the relationship between research in the social sciences and the role of the university in social science education. The author considers the education of researchers, the application of research, the need for interdisciplinary research methods, and problems involved in cross-cultural studies. He states that the researcher must be freed of the restrictions and models that he learns in certain courses and in questionable textbooks on scientific methodology and techniques of investigation. Without a good comprehension of the fundamental structure of science, which reveals concepts, relationships, and operations in their proper order, one runs the risk of deficient and erroneous applications of research. The conclusion is that intellectual contamination of research leads to dangerous consequences, of much greater significance than environmental contamination. In recognizing that all research is, in a sense, interdisciplinary, requiring knowledge and techniques of other disciplines, the author stresses that the responsibility of universities, academies, and social science organizations is to offer solutions to the problem of integration of knowledge. Finally, the document warns of superficial analysis which may ignore real similarities and differences when comparing cultural groups. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Note: Not available from EDRS in paper copy due to light type of original document.