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Research Bias. Jessica Wilson. Quotable. “The main point to remember with research bias is that, in many disciplines, it is unavoidable.” - Shuttleworth, M., (2009). Understanding Bias. It is important to understand and minimize bias Reality is subjective

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research bias
Research Bias

Jessica Wilson

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Quotable

“The main point to remember with research bias is that, in many disciplines, it is unavoidable.”

- Shuttleworth, M., (2009).

understanding bias
Understanding Bias
  • It is important to understand and minimize bias
  • Reality is subjective
  • Quantitative research attempts to eliminate bias
  • Qualitative research attempts to understand where bias will happen to account for it
    • It is important to report bias when it does occur
    • Before starting my research, I needed to look at my own perspectives to determine where I may experience bias in my research so that I can account for it.
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Quotable
  • “While researcher bias and subjectivity are commonly understood as inevitable and important by most qualitative researchers, the beginners in qualitative research classes are generally not very comfortable with the idea of research that is not value-neutral.”
  • “The beginners in qualitative research classes are generally not very comfortable with the notion that meaningful knowledge can be constructed in a way that provides room for personal and subjective ways of looking at the world.”

- Mehra, B., (2002).

allowing for bias in research
Allowing for Bias In Research
  • Putting a personal voice in qualitative research suggets a stronger understanding of material
  • Self-discovery is essential to learning
  • Draw upon personal knowledge as a practioner
  • Allows for positive exchange between researchers, teachers and students
  • Achieve continuity between self and research
  • Conduct more passionate research
  • Drive to conduct research comes from what the researcher wants to know
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Quotable

“Is it ok to bring biases to your inquiry – because everyone has them, after all- as long as you openly admit them and continually reflect on how they might affect what you conclude.”

“We cannot completely extricate ourselves from them (biases). All we can ask of ourselves is to be transparent about what we think and how our thinking may affect what we see.”

  • Falk, Blumenreich, (2005)
account for bias
Account for Bias
  • Check your perspectives
  • Brainstorm
  • Consider possible bias
  • Interpret how bias may affect your research
  • Account for bias in your research presentation
biased research
Biased Research

“Third, beliefs within the medical profession about the nature of African Americans, sexual behavior, and disease clouded the study. As a result, the health of an entire community was jeopardized by leaving a communicable disease untreated.”

-Heintzelman, C.A., (2003).

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

the effect bias on research reports
The Effect Bias on Research Reports
  • Skewed results
  • Law suits can be filed
  • Morality can be questioned
  • Health and wellness concerns can occur
  • Participant safety is questioned
references
References
  • Blumenreich, M. & Falk, B., (2005). The power of questions: A guide to teacher and student research. Heineman. Portsmouth, NH. (p. 29)
  • Heintzelman, C.A., ( 2003). The tuskegee syphilis study and its implications for the 21st century. The New Social Worker, 10(4). Retrieved from http://schillingerinquiry.wikispaces.com/file/view/Heintzelman_The+Tuskegee+Syphilis+study+and+its+implications+for+the+21st+C-2.pdf
  • Mehra, B., (2002). Bias in qualitative research: Voices from an online classroom. The Qualitative Report, 7(1). Retrieved 08 May. 2012 from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR7-1/mehra.html
  • Shuttleworth, M., (2009). Research Bias. Retrieved 08 May. 2012 from Experiment Resources: http://www.experiment-resources.com/research-bias.html