Evaluating Scientific Research: Separating Fact from Fiction

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Prentice Hall, 2001 - Science - 271 pages
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Acknowledging the profound role science plays in our lives, this book uses a non-technical vocabulary to explain the research process and discuss many controversial issues. It emphasizes creative and critical thinking, challenging many traditional ways of doing research and covering six major problem areas—limitaions of science, preparing for research, measurement, research designs, data analysis, and philosophical issues. Chapter topics include reading and reviewing scientific literature; conflicts of interest and bias; variations on the simple experiment; case studies; using existing data; using animals in research; and philosophical challenges. For anyone who wants to do more than simply accept scientific research at face value.

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Contents

Reading and Reviewing the Scientific
19
Conflicts of Interest and Bias
28
Finding Interesting Problems and Studying
46
Copyright

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Leavitt received his Ph.D. in Psychopharmacology from the University of Michigan in 1968, then took a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1970 he has taught at Calfornia State University in Hayward. He has been a visiting lecturer at colleges in Nairobi, Kenya; Vancouver, Canada; Palmerston North New Zealand; and Bushey, England. Leavitt has written journal articles and a textbook on research methods. He claims to be writing a novel. In 1984, he testified before the California State Senate Committee on Drugs and Licensed Sports concerning the consequences of drug abuse for professional athletes.

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