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What's Behind the Research?
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What's Behind the Research?
Discovering Hidden Assumptions in the Behavioral Sciences


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September 1995 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This volume encourages students to engage in critical thinking by exploring the main assumptions upon which behavioural science theories are based and offering some alternatives to these assumptions.

The text begins with a review and critique of the major theoretical approaches: psychoanalysis, behaviourism, humanism, cognitivism, eclecticism, structuralism and postmodernism. The authors then discuss the key assumptions underlying these theories - knowing, determinism, reductionism and science. They trace the intellectual history of these assumptions and offer contrasting options. The book concludes by examining ways of coming to terms with some of the inadequacies in the assumptions of the behavioural sciences.

 
Introduction
 
Human Images
 
Ways of Knowing
 
Determinism
 
Reductionism
 
Science and Human Behavior
 
Conclusion

Too specific

Dr Dick Heinhuis
Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam
February 20, 2015

This book is well structured and methodically written. It takes a complex topic and makes it 'easy' to understand through clear, logical and concise writing.

Ms Claudia Bordogna
Dept of Transport and Logistics, Huddersfield University
October 6, 2011

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