I'm an "independent scholar" according to the NAS.
Researchers are supposed to get in touch with their ontological and epistemological realities. Blargh. I hope stats hasn't turned into one of those touchy-feely classes. Math. Give me math.
The things I studied back in the 1980's, scientific method, analysis, applications - I'm not observing much of that in the literature now that we're approaching 2008. I'm seeing this: "Data do not provide a window on reality. Rather the 'discovered' reality arises from the interactive process and its temporal, cultural, and structural contexts"
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I will NEVER look at a statistic in the newspaper again the same. Stats can be skewed in so many different directions - the direction the researcher wants. steph
I'm just a little concerned about what I'll be encountering if I persue the BSN, and take "nursing statistics". I can't yell "skewed data" if data is merely someone's opinion. I think constructed reality = opinion?
Reference: Mills, J., Bonner, A., & Francis, K. (2006). The development of constructivist grounded theory. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 5(1), Article 3. Retrieved 11/27/07 from http://www.ualberta.ca/~iiqm/backiss.../pdf/mills.pdf