Other Free Encyclopedias » Social Issues Reference » Child Development Reference - Vol 4

Hypothesis

factors relationship data basis

A hypothesis may be thought of as a well-informed guess that is drawn from a theory or collection of ideas. It provides the basis from which a reasoned prediction about the relationship between two or more factors is made (e.g., early attachment and the child's later educational attainment). The prediction should define clearly the factors and the group of people within which the relationship can be observed. After planning how best to control for the effect of the factors and assembling participants who reflect the defined group, scientific testing can proceed. The data gathered are then checked to see whether the hypothesis is supported or not.

Supporting data, however, cannot be taken as conclusive proof of the theory. Logically it is more persuasive to predict no relationship between two factors and then find through testing that there is a relationship. This is called the null hypothesis and is the theoretical basis for statistical examination of the data to test whether the relationship between the factors is greater than chance.

Bibliography

Popper, Karl R. Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1963.

Anthony Lee

Identity Development - Aspects of Identity [next] [back] Human Genome Project

User Comments

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or

Vote down Vote up

over 4 years ago

I want to show my appreciation of your composing expertise and capability to create audience to study the while factor to the end.
dietas saludables

Vote down Vote up

almost 4 years ago

tubal reversal and in vitro fertilization can provide a woman a chance to have a baby again.

http://www.tubal-reversal-surgery.net/tubal-ligation-reversal-financing-and-insurance-coverage.html

Vote down Vote up

about 4 years ago

The information collected are then examined to see whether the speculation is reinforced or not.

Vote down Vote up

about 4 years ago

The information collected are then examined to see whether the speculation is reinforced or not.

Vote down Vote up

about 4 years ago

Great post man!
Thanks for sharing,keep on posting.

Vote down Vote up

over 4 years ago

As usual I am searching some useful information, immediately I found this post and gain some useful information great work such a great brain to use.

Internet Marketing Consultant | Internet Marketing uk | Internet Marketing in london