The Case Against Statistical Significance Testing

  title={The Case Against Statistical Significance Testing},
  author={Ronald P. Carver},
  journal={Harvard Educational Review},
  • R. P. Carver
  • Published 1 September 1978
  • Education
  • Harvard Educational Review
In recent years the use of traditional statistical methods in educational research has increasingly come under attack. In this article, Ronald P. Carver exposes the fantasies often entertained by researchers about the meaning of statistical significance. The author recommends abandoning all statistical significance testing and suggests other ways of evaluating research results. Carver concludes that we should return to the scientific method of examining data and replicating results rather than… 

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