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What is a Good Study

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What is a Good Study?
Introduction: According to CBS News, roughly 500 scientific
papers are retracted yearly (from an overall 2 to 3 million
published papers). Approximately two-thirds of the papers are
retracted due to the wrongdoing of the researchers. Unfortunately,
the number of retracted scientific papers has steadily increased in
recent years. It is our duty as informed citizens to be critical and
analytical of published papers and studies. For instance, in 1998
paper published by a prominent British journal contended that the
combined MMR vaccine could possibly cause Autism. Although
this paper was retracted due to bad science and many studies
since this study have shown absolutely no correlation between
vaccines and Autism, the damage was already done. Now the
percentage of parents not vaccinating their children has increased
an alarming amount.
Purpose: In this activity, you will be researching a retracted
scientific study. This study can be from any scientific background.
You will analyze how bad science can negatively affect the public.
Pre-Lab:
What is the guideline that your group has been given?
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Part 1 Procedure:
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Write your guideline clearly on a piece of poster board.
Underneath your guideline, write a summary of the guideline.
Decorate the poster, this will be hung in the classroom!
After all posters are hung (wait for Ms. Reichelt to give you
direction as to where to put the poster), circulate the classroom
and write down the guidelines. Also, write down at least one
bullet point of summary.
Name: _________________________________ Per:_______ Date: ___________
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Part 2 Procedure: With your group, research one study that has
been retracted. Tell Ms. Reichelt about which study you choose
before analyzing it. No group is allowed to do the same study as
another group. Answer the following questions about the study:
1. APA citation of the study:
2. Date of retraction: ___________________________
3. Summary of the study:
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4. Reason for retraction: ___________________________________________
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5. Did the article has a negative effect on the public? What were
the repercussions from the published article?
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Conclusion:
Write a 2-3 paragraph summary of what you learned during this
exercise. Reference the guidelines of evaluating a good study and
your specific researched study.
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