Chapter 1: Misconceptions

When people read, hear, or prepare research summaries, they sometimes have misconceptions about what is or isn't "sound practice" regarding the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Here are some of these common (and dangerous) misconceptions associated with the content of Chapter 1.

  1. The Abstract can be trusted to be an accurate summary of a study.
  2. Better researchers do not talk about the hypotheses they have regarding possible results.
  3. Since a study's findings are presented in both the Abstract and in the Discussion, you don't miss out on anything if you skip the Results section of the journal article.
  4. The question(s) articulated in the article's Statement of Purpose will always be addressed in the section entitled Discussion.
  5. If a study's write-up is published in a journal, then any new measuring instrument used in that investigation can be trusted to be psychometrically sound.

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