Theory‐led confirmation bias and experimental persona

@article{Allen2011TheoryledCB,
  title={Theory‐led confirmation bias and experimental persona},
  author={M. Allen},
  journal={Research in Science & Technological Education},
  year={2011},
  volume={29},
  pages={107 - 127}
}
  • M. Allen
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology
  • Research in Science & Technological Education
Questionnaire and interview findings from a survey of three Year 8 (ages 12–13 years) science practical lessons (n = 52) demonstrate how pupils' data collection and inference making were sometimes biased by desires to confirm a personal theory. A variety of behaviours are described where learners knowingly rejected anomalies, manipulated apparatus, invented results or carried out other improper operations to either collect data which they believed were scientifically correct, or achieve social… Expand
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