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“Censorship”, Early Childhood Research Quarterly and Qualitative Research: Not So Much Aced Out as an Own Goal?

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posted on 28.10.2014, 11:58 by Edmund Chattoe-Brown
As its starting point, this article investigates claims published in Qualitative Inquiry by Ceglowski, Bacigalupa, and Peck (2011) that Early Childhood Research Quarterly censored qualitative research. Unfortunately they assert rather than demonstrate political bias against qualitative research, fail to show that its publication in Early Childhood Research Quarterly has actually declined and ignore alternate hypotheses compatible with their data. After breaking their argument into parts, I find their censorship claims completely unsupported by evidence. However, this article has two larger aims. The first is to show how mistaking hypotheses for evidence, arguing unconvincingly from quantitative data, and failing to consider alternative interpretations of evidence weaken qualitative research, lowering its credibility within social science. The second is to consider the wider academic ramifications of publishing a peer-reviewed journal article that totally fails to support its claims. Based on these concerns, the article offers some practical advice to avoid the negative outcomes demonstrated by the publication of Ceglowski, Bacigalupa, and Peck and considers the scientific implications of this rebuttal to their claims having been rejected previously by Qualitative Inquiry.

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Early Childhood Research Quarterly (2014)

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Sociology

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Early Childhood Research Quarterly (2014)

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Elsevier for National Association for the Education of Young People (NAEYC)

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0885-2006

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2014

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06/11/2016

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885200614001185

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