Friday, October 15, 2010

Re: Control Group Studies #2

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post "Re: Control Group Studies #2" [Hake (2010)]. The abstract reads (slightly edited):


ABSTRACT: POD's Ed Nuhfer wrote (paraphrasing): "It appears to me that Michael Scriven's (2008) 'General Elimination Methodology' for the social sciences is similar to the 'Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses' articulated for natural sciences by T.C. Chamberlin (1890) 120 years earlier."

In this post I list the "Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet" that were omitted by Nuhfer.


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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University

Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands

President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)>

REFERENCES [All URL's accessed on 15 October 2010; some URL's shortened by .]

Chamberlin, T.C. 1890. "The Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses: With this method the dangers of parental affection for a favorite theory can be circumvented," Science (old series) 15: 92-96, online at with commentary by Thomas Zinnen. Reprinted in Science 148: 754-759, 1965 with a photograph of Chamberlin, online at

Hake, R.R. 2010. "Re: Control Group Studies, online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at . Post of 14 Oct 2010 09:00:19-0700 to AERA-L, Net-Gold, and POD.

Scriven, M. 2008. "A Summative Evaluation of RCT Methodology: & An Alternative Approach to Causal Research," Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation 5(9): 11-24; online at .

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