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Validity and Social Experimentation
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Validity and Social Experimentation
Donald Campbell's Legacy

Edited by:
  • Leonard Bickman - Vanderbilt University, USA and Florida International University, USA


March 2000 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Leading social research methodologists and evaluators address the issues of validity, research design and social experimentation in this first of two volumes inspired by the work of Donald Campbell and sponsored by the American Evaluation Association.

The first part of the book focuses on three types of validity: external, construct and statistical. Much attention is given to meta-analysis, statistical testing and effect sizes.

The second part is a major critique of Campbell's vision and practice of social experimentation. Contributors review and extend Campbell's ideas, concentrating on their relevance to evaluation and social intervention, and seeking to define an 'experimenting society.'

 
PART ONE: VALIDITY ISSUES
Thomas D Cook
Towards a Practical Theory of External Validity
 
Paul Wortman, Elvira Elek-Fisk and Lanette Raymond
 
Validity Applied to Meta-Analyses and Research Syntheses
Norman Miller, William C Pedersen and Vicki E Pollock
Discriminative Validity
Mark Lipsey
Statistical Conclusion Validity for Intervention Research
A Significant (p 05) Problem  
Robert Rosenthal
Effect Sizes in Behavioral and Biomedical Research
Estimation and Interpretatio  
Melvin Mark
Realism, Validity and the Experimenting Society
 
PART TWO: SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS
Robert G St Pierre and Michael J Puma
Toward the Dream of the Experimenting Society
Robert Boruch and Ellen Foley
The Honestly Experimenting Society
Sites and Other Entities as the Unit of Allocation and Analysis  
Robert K Yin
Rival Explanations as an Alternative to Reforms as 'Experiments'
Burt Perrin
Donald T Campbell's Contributions to Practical 'In the Trenches' Program Evaluation
Carol H Weiss
The Experimenting Society in a Political World

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