- How do you know if a scientific study is valid?
- What factors would you consider when determining the validity of scientific research?
- How do you know if a source is biased?
- What is bias and how can it affect the validity of a source?
- Why is biased information unreliable?
- Why is it relevant to recognize if a source is bias?
How do you know if a scientific study is valid?
8 ways to determine the credibility of research reports
- Why was the study undertaken?
- Who conducted the study?
- Who funded the research?
- How was the data collected?
- Is the sample size and response rate sufficient?
- Does the research make use of secondary data?
- Does the research measure what it claims to measure?
What factors would you consider when determining the validity of scientific research?
Here are seven important factors affect external validity:
- Population characteristics (subjects)
- Interaction of subject selection and research.
- Descriptive explicitness of the independent variable.
- The effect of the research environment.
- Researcher or experimenter effects.
- The effect of time.
How do you know if a source is biased?
If you notice the following, the source may be biased:
- Heavily opinionated or one-sided.
- Relies on unsupported or unsubstantiated claims.
- Presents highly selected facts that lean to a certain outcome.
- Pretends to present facts, but offers only opinion.
- Uses extreme or inappropriate language.
What is bias and how can it affect the validity of a source?
Any such trend or deviation from the truth in data collection, analysis, interpretation and publication is called bias. Bias in research can occur either intentionally or unintentionally. Bias causes false conclusions and is potentially misleading. Therefore, it is immoral and unethical to conduct biased research.
Why is biased information unreliable?
Information that is biased or incorrect loses its value. When information has no value, it is of no use to us. We need to be able to distinguish between information that is valuable (of use to us) and that which is not.
Why is it relevant to recognize if a source is bias?
It’s important to understand bias when you are researching because it helps you see the purpose of a text, whether it’s a piece of writing, a painting, a photograph – anything. You need to be able to identify bias in every source you use.