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Economics: Senior Debates: Avoiding Research Bias

Bias: definition

Research Bias

Avoiding Researcher Bias

Post-video discussion questions:

  • What was the source of Mike Rugg's bias related to Big Foot research?
  • What was the source the university professor's bias related to Big Foot research?
  • What kind of bias might you bring to your own debate research?

Ask a Research Question

Approaching your research with as a question helps you avoid your own bias. Assume that you don't know the answer to your question, even if you already have an opinion on the subject. Stay open minded, and be willing to change your opinion based on the evidence that you find during the research process.

Example:

Debate topic: "The legal age to drink alcoholic beverages in the United States should/should not be lowered to 18 years old."

Research question: "Should the legal age to drink alcoholic beverages in the United States be lowered to 18 years old?"

Consider your debate topic and think about your own possible bias on the subject. Turn your debate topic into a research question and enter it on the appropriate spreadsheet linked below. Type your research question on the row that corresponds to the number on your white board.‚Äč

Holland Period 1

Holland Period 3

Holland Period 4

Holland Period 5

Holland Period 6

Kane Period 1

Kane Period 2

Kane Period 3

Kane Period 4

Kane Period 5