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Challenging the Concept that Scientific Based Research and Randomized Controlled Trials are the ‘Gold Standard’ Alternative Paradigms and Mixed Methodologies

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dc.contributor.author Christ, Thomas W. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-16T16:23:52Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-16T16:23:52Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03-28 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/415
dc.description.abstract This paper address three controversial issues related to mixed methods research and policy. First, ‘Scientific Based Research’ promoted by “NCLB” reinforces diametrically opposed paradigmatic views and research methodologies. As policy, NCLB prioritizes specific methodologies prescribing what counts as scientific evidence. Second, from a critical stance, federal policies shape and control decisions that funding agencies make regarding methodologies (RCT-gold Standard). Third, top down policies are currently framed in postpositivist ontological and epistemological conceptions and should include constructivist, critical, transformative and emancipatory paradigms supporting alternative methodologies (Christ, 2014). This paper challenges current practices of prioritizing specific research methodologies used to evaluate interventions. As an alternative, logical purpose statements and research questions should be the standard used to guide decisions about appropriate methodologies and procedures. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Faculty research day en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.title Challenging the Concept that Scientific Based Research and Randomized Controlled Trials are the ‘Gold Standard’ Alternative Paradigms and Mixed Methodologies en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US
dc.institute.department School of Education en_US
dc.institute.name University of Bridgeport en_US
dc.event.location Bridgeport, CT en_US
dc.event.name Faculty Research Day en_US


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