by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Read Why traditional statistics are often “counterproductive to research the human sciences, a Q&A with professors Eric Loken and Andrew Gelman, now!
Here is one of many noteworthy passages from the piece:
The human sciences feature lots of variation among people, and difficulty of accurate measurements. So psychology, education, and also much of political science, economics, and sociology can have big issues with variation and measurement error. Not always — social science also deals in aggregates — but when you get to individual data, it’s easy for researchers to be fooled by noise — especially when they’re coming to their data with a research agenda, with the goal of wanting to find something statistically significant that can get published too.
Seriously, CLICK HERE and read the thing.
And if you dig it, move on to Measurement error and the replication crisis by Loken and Gelman.
A little literacy about statistics can go a long way.