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Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology

Edited by: A.T. Panter , Sonya K. Sterba

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9781848728547
eBook ISBN: 9780203840023
Adobe ISBN: 9781136888731


Book description

This comprehensive Handbook is the first to provide a practical, interdisciplinary review of ethical issues as they relate to quantitative methodology including how to present evidence for reliability and validity, what comprises an adequate tested population, and what constitutes scientific knowledge for eliminating biases. The book uses an ethical framework that emphasizes the human cost of quantitative decision making to help researchers understand the specific implications of their choices. The order of the Handbook chapters parallels the chronology of the research process: determining the research design and data collection; data analysis; and communicating findings. Each chapter:

  • Explores the ethics of a particular topic
  • Identifies prevailing methodological issues
  • Reviews strategies and approaches for handling such issues and their ethical implications
  • Provides one or more case examples
  • Outlines plausible approaches to the issue including best-practice solutions.

Part 1 presents ethical frameworks that cross-cut design, analysis, and modeling in the behavioral sciences. Part 2 focuses on ideas for disseminating ethical training in statistics courses. Part 3 considers the ethical aspects of selecting measurement instruments and sample size planning and explores issues related to high stakes testing, the defensibility of experimental vs. quasi-experimental research designs, and ethics in program evaluation. Decision points that shape a researchers’ approach to data analysis are examined in Part 4 – when and why analysts need to account for how the sample was selected, how to evaluate tradeoffs of hypothesis-testing vs. estimation, and how to handle missing data. Ethical issues that arise when using techniques such as factor analysis or multilevel modeling and when making causal inferences are also explored. The book concludes with ethical aspects of reporting meta-analyses, of cross-disciplinary statistical reform, and of the publication process.

This Handbook appeals to researchers and practitioners in psychology, human development, family studies, health, education, sociology, social work, political science, and business/marketing. This book is also a valuable supplement for quantitative methods courses required of all graduate students in these fields.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Ethics in Quantitative Methodology: An Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Ethics in Quantitative Professional Practice Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Ethical Principles in Data Analysis: An Overview Download PDF
Chapter  4:  A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Measurement Choices: Reliability, Validity, and Generalizability Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Ethics and Sample Size Planning Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Ethics and the Conduct of Randomized Experiments and Quasi-Experiments in Field Settings Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Psychometric Methods and High-Stakes Assessment: Contexts and Methods for Ethical Testing Practice Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Ethics in Program Evaluation Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Beyond Treating Complex Sampling Designs as Simple Random Samples: Data Analysis and Reporting Download PDF
Chapter  11:  From Hypothesis Testing to Parameter Estimation: An Example of Evidence-Based Practice in Statistics Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Some Ethical Issues in Factor Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Ethical Aspects of Multilevel Modeling Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Impact of Missing Data on the Ethical Quality of a Research Study Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Science and Ethics of Causal Modeling Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Ethical Issues in the Conduct and Reporting of Meta-Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Ethics and Statistical Reform: Lessons From Medicine Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Ethical Issues in Professional Research, Writing, and Publishing Download PDF
Subject_Index Download PDF
Author_Index Download PDF
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