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“Censorship” and Qualitative Research: Not So Much Aced Out As Own Goal?

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posted on 2020-07-31, 07:45 authored by E Chattoe-Brown
As its starting point, this article investigates claims published in Qualitative Inquiry by Ceglowski, Bacigalupa, and Peck (2011) that Early Childhood Research Quarterly censored qualitative research. Unfortunately they assert rather than demonstrate political bias against qualitative research, fail to show that its publication in Early Childhood Research Quarterly has actually declined and ignore alternate hypotheses compatible with their data. After breaking their argument into parts, I find their censorship claims completely unsupported by evidence. However, this article has two larger aims. The first is to show how mistaking hypotheses for evidence, arguing unconvincingly from quantitative data, and failing to consider alternative interpretations of evidence weaken qualitative research, lowering its credibility within social science. The second is to consider the wider academic ramifications of publishing a peer-reviewed journal article that totally fails to support its claims. Based on these concerns, the article offers some practical advice to avoid the negative outcomes demonstrated by the publication of Ceglowski, Bacigalupa, and Peck and considers the scientific implications of this rebuttal to their claims having been rejected previously by Qualitative Inquiry.

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Citation

Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Volume 31, 2nd Quarter 2015, Pages 163-171

Author affiliation

School of Media, Communication and Sociology.

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Volume

31

Pagination

163 - 171 (9)

Publisher

Elsevier

issn

0885-2006

Acceptance date

2014-10-20

Copyright date

2014

Language

en

Publisher version

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885200614001185#!

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