Survey Research Is Not Science

Survey research is not science.  SCIENTISTS DON’T ASK!  Scientists observe, experiment, and they build and test logical models.  One of the very best efforts to put science, via models, into social (as it’s mostly in name only) “science” is Rein Taagepera‘s, Making Social Sciences More Scientific: The Need for Predictive Models, Oxford University Press, 2008.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

See also my book, The Problem with Survey Research.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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