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The Pitfalls of Empirical Research: Studying Faculty Publication Studies


Ira Mark Ellman


Arizona State University College of Law; Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology

David H. Kaye


Penn State Law

1986

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 36, p. 24, 1986

Abstract:     
This article critiques empirical studies by attorneys in the hopes that they will be held to the minimal standards of research competence that are to be found in other academic fields which rely on empirical studies. Because law-trained scholars are notoriously weak at empirical research, this article identifies some of the methodological considerations that should inform empirical research. These fall into four broad categories: (1) problems of conceptualization, (2) problems of measurement, (3) problems of data presentation and analysis, and (4) problems of inference. This article examines all of these considerations in the context of an empirical survey done by Professors Swygert and Gozansky investigating the relationship between law faculty research and tenure.

Keywords: Empirical Research, Law Faculty, Professors Swygert and Gozansky

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Date posted: September 3, 2009  

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Ellman, Ira Mark and Kaye, David H., The Pitfalls of Empirical Research: Studying Faculty Publication Studies (1986). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 36, p. 24, 1986. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1466964

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Ira Mark Ellman (Contact Author)
Arizona State University College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
480-965-2125 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.asu.edu/HomePages/Ellman/
Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology ( email )
Tempe, AZ 85287-1104
United States
David H. Kaye
Penn State Law ( email )
Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States
814 865-8974 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://law.psu.edu/faculty/resident_faculty/kaye
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