Conceptual issues of research methodology for the behavioural, life and social sciences

Gideon J. Mellenbergh, Herman J. Adèr, Davis Baird, Martijn P.F. Berger, John E. Cornell, Jacques A.P. Hagenaars, Peter C.M. Molenaar

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Research methodology (RM) must be clearly separated from substantive fields, such as medicine, psychology, education, sociology and economics, and, on the other side, from the philosophy of science and statistics. RM starts from substantive research problems and uses statistical knowledge, but it goes its own way in developing and applying new methods and concepts, all of which are relevant to RM consultants. Examples of topics are given that are typical for RM research and consultancy. Finally, it is argued that RM needs its own research programme and curriculum for RM consultants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical Society Series D: The Statistician
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 27 2003


  • Advisory practice
  • Content robustness
  • Population and single-unit research
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Theory and data-driven research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability


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