Data Analysis Foundations
|•||Data Analysis and Statistics|
|•||Properties of Scores|
|•||Appendix 8A: On Clean Data|
|•||At most colleges and universities, students' first (or only) exposure to research method activities is a course in statistics.|
|•||Statistics courses are typically taught by statisticians.|
These unremarkable observations may nevertheless be important for your mindset about research. If your introduction to research methods was as described, you probably started this book believing that statistics represent the main empirical research activity.
Hopefully that idea was dispelled in Part I, where it was argued that empirical research is aimed at enhancing conceptual understanding. It does so by providing information about probable relationships between scores that validly represent the constructs at issue. Statistics are helpful in this process;