Thursday, June 18, 2020

Reviewing Scientific Research-A Few Things I Notice

Every week I spend a little time reviewing research of professors. The studies range in complexity and intent. They come from universities and scientific journals. What I often notice is that there are a few things that seem to be a common problem in many studies. Many of the studies are beneficial and important but miss a few of the finer details. This is what I often see....

1. Not well defined research questions R1, R2, etc...

2. Not a clear connection between Independent and Dependent variables.

3. Not a clear understanding of how researcher bias makes its way into the study and how to control for it.

4. Ill defined literature support.

I'm not a person who expects a ton of work to put forward a good study but there are areas where definite improvement can occur. I make similar mistakes from time to time.

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