7 Characteristics of The Scientific Methods

BD19582_ Copper and Emory (1995) state the 7 characteristics of the scientific methods below :

1.  The purpose of the research should be clearly defined and sharply delineated in term as unambiguous as possible.

2.  The research procedures used should be described in sufficient detail to permit another researcher to repeat the research.

3.  The procedural design of the research should be carefully planned to yield results that are as objective as possible.

4.  The researcher should report, with complete frankness, flaws in procedural design and estimate their effect upon the findings.

5.  Analysis of the data should be sufficiently adequate to reveal its significance, and the methods of analysis used should be appropriate.

6.  Conclusions should be confined to those justified by the data of the research and limited to those for which data provide an adequate basis.

7.  Greater confidence in the research is warranted if the researcher is experienced, has a good reputation in research, and is a person of integrity.

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