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Beautiful Questions: “How Humans Learn” and the Future of Education - Los Angeles Review of Books
"How Humans Learn The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching By Joshua R. Eyler Published 10.24.2018 West Virginia University Press 312 Pages"
book  review  learning  education  neurology  social-science 
may 2019 by tsuomela
Chambers, C.: The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice (Hardcover and eBook) | Princeton University Press
"Psychological science has made extraordinary discoveries about the human mind, but can we trust everything its practitioners are telling us? In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that a lot of research in psychology is based on weak evidence, questionable practices, and sometimes even fraud. The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology diagnoses the ills besetting the discipline today and proposes sensible, practical solutions to ensure that it remains a legitimate and reliable science in the years ahead. In this unflinchingly candid manifesto, Chris Chambers draws on his own experiences as a working scientist to reveal a dark side to psychology that few of us ever see. Using the seven deadly sins as a metaphor, he shows how practitioners are vulnerable to powerful biases that undercut the scientific method, how they routinely torture data until it produces outcomes that can be published in prestigious journals, and how studies are much less reliable than advertised. He reveals how a culture of secrecy denies the public and other researchers access to the results of psychology experiments, how fraudulent academics can operate with impunity, and how an obsession with bean counting creates perverse incentives for academics. Left unchecked, these problems threaten the very future of psychology as a science—but help is here. Outlining a core set of best practices that can be applied across the sciences, Chambers demonstrates how all these sins can be corrected by embracing open science, an emerging philosophy that seeks to make research and its outcomes as transparent as possible."
book  publisher  psychology  social-science  science  replication 
october 2018 by tsuomela
TESS: Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences
"Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) offers researchers the opportunity to capture the internal validity of experiments while also realizing the benefits of working with a large, diverse population of research participants. Investigators submit proposals for experiments, and TESS fields successful proposals for free on a representative sample of adults in the United States using NORC's AmeriSpeak® Panel, a probability-based and highly-respected representative survey platform."
social-science  experiments  population  samples  american  panel 
october 2018 by tsuomela
Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA)
"The Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) is a repository of detailed election results at the constituency level for lower house legislative elections from around the world. Our motivation is to preserve and consolidate these valuable data in one comprehensive and reliable resource that is ready for analysis and publicly available at no cost. This public good is expected to be of use to a range of audiences for research, education, and policy-making. "
elections  data-sources  social-science  political-science 
february 2018 by tsuomela
NSI | Deeper Analyses. Clarifying Insights. Better Decisions.
"NSI is a professional services firm specializing in multidisciplinary data-driven analytics. Our niche is helping clients better and more reliably understand people and their behaviors on critical, complex decision-making problems. Our highly diverse and experienced team of researchers and analysts apply multidisciplinary social science techniques and various analytic methods to create deeper analyses and clarifying insights enabling our clients to make more informed and better decisions."
business  consulting  data-science  social-science 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Alasdair Macintyre, Charles Taylor, and the Demise of Naturalism | IndieBound
"Today the ethical and normative concerns of everyday citizens are all too often sidelined from the study of political and social issues, driven out by an effort to create a more scientific study. This book offers a way for social scientists and political theorists to reintegrate the empirical and the normative, proposing a way out of the scientism that clouds our age. In Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor, and the Demise of Naturalism: Reunifying Political Theory and Social Science, Jason Blakely argues that the resources for overcoming this divide are found in the respective intellectual developments of Charles Taylor and Alasdair MacIntyre. Blakely examines their often parallel intellectual journeys, which led them to critically engage the British New Left, analytic philosophy, phenomenology, continental hermeneutics, and modern social science. Although MacIntyre and Taylor are not sui generis, Blakely claims they each present a new, revived humanism, one that insists on the creative agency of the human person against reductive, instrumental, technocratic, and scientistic ways of thinking. The recovery of certain key themes in these philosophers works generates a new political philosophy with which to face certain unprecedented problems of our age. Taylor's and MacIntyre's philosophies give social scientists working in all disciplines (from economics and sociology to political science and psychology) an alternative theoretical framework for conducting research. "
book  publisher  political-science  social-science  theory  naturalism 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Cultural Dynamics
"Cultural Dynamics is a peer reviewed journal that seeks to publish research focused on the structured inequalities of the contemporary world, and the myriad ways people negotiate these conditions. The journal is thoroughly interdisciplinary, encompassing anthropology, sociology, philosophy, history, and any other areas that can shed light on culture, power, and politics. "
journal  academic  research  social-science  inequality 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Would You Give All Your Personal Data to Science? -- Science of Us
Intriguing comparison between large-scale social science and Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
social-science  big-data  longitudinal  quantification 
march 2016 by tsuomela
The Crusade Against Multiple Regression Analysis | Edge.org
A rambling case against multiple regression analysis, which starts strong and then wanders into a defense of some social science effects like priming.
statistics  social-science  analysis  linear-regression  psychology  social-psychology 
january 2016 by tsuomela
About Data-Pass | Datapass
"The Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS) is a voluntary partnership of organizations created to archive, catalog and preserve data used for social science research. Examples of social science data include: opinion polls; voting records; surveys on family growth and income; social network data; government statistics and indices; and GIS data measuring human activity."
data-curation  preservation  social-science  collaboration  catalog  multi-institution 
november 2015 by tsuomela
Home | Qualitative Data Repository
"QDR selects, ingests, curates, archives, manages, durably preserves, and provides access to digital data used in qualitative and multi-method social inquiry.  The repository develops and publicizes common standards and methodologically informed practices for these activities, as well as for the reusing and citing of qualitative data.  Four beliefs underpin the repository's mission: data that can be shared and reused should be; evidence-based claims should be made transparently; teaching is enriched by the use of well-documented data; and rigorous social science requires common understandings of its research methods."
data  data-curation  repository  qualitative  methods  social-science  research-data 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Strategies for Social Inquiry | Cambridge University Press
"This new book series presents texts on a wide range of issues bearing upon the practice ofsocial inquiry. Strategies are construed broadly to embrace the full spectrum of approachesto analysis, as well as relevant issues in philosophy of social science."
publisher  books  series  social-science  methods  methodology 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Leviathan And You: A Blog About Big Things: Kind of a Big Fake
"This is why I am not so sure about Brookman's assertion that "you let the data inform your views."  Professions of faith that the data tell their own story ignore the culturally specific choices that inform what counts as a datum in the first place.  Part of why LaCour was successful was because he was able to take advantage of uncritical beliefs that ignored how disciplinary knowledge is produced and authorized. But then again, I'm just making this up."
fraud  data  social-science  methods  bias 
may 2015 by tsuomela
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