Campbell's law - Wikipedia


12 bookmarks. First posted by zeigor january 2015.


"The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor." (p. 85) On a similar note, Campbell also wrote:

Achievement tests may well be valuable indicators of general school achievement under conditions of normal teaching aimed at general competence. But when test scores become the goal of the teaching process, they both lose their value as indicators of educational status and distort the educational process in undesirable ways. (Similar biases of course surround the use of objective tests in courses or as entrance examinations.)
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27 days ago by andreasbuzzing
"The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."
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march 2018 by WBedutech
"The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."
march 2018 by robincamille
Campbell's law is an adage developed by Donald T. Campbell, a psychologist and social scientist who often wrote about research methodology. The law states "The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."
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august 2017 by altoii
"The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor." (p. 85)

p-value and significance in science

Jay Verkuilen, worked at City University of New York, Graduate Center
Written Jul 6, 2015 · Upvoted by Justin Rising
P-values and statistical significance, hands down. Both are much more limited in usefulness than most users realize, but the micro-sociology of science has elevated them to a position of importance far outside the work it can do because these tools have been used to determine thing like publication, which in turn are used to determine promotion. In short, it's ended up being subject to Campbell's law.
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december 2016 by pedrolacerda
This law explains what I don't like about playing Scrabble.
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july 2016 by sage
… and still holding on to the fallacy of educational testing
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october 2015 by audrey
… and still holding on to the fallacy of educational testing
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october 2015 by 1l2p
Campbell's law is an adage developed by Donald T. Campbell:[1]
"The more any quantitative social indicator (or even some qualitative indicator) is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."
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april 2015 by tonyyet