Validity Threats in Modern Science: Why Social Science Research Methods Should be Compulsory for STEM Disciplines
Department of Sociology, Blacksburg, USA
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- Onwubiko Agozino
Department of Sociology
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Received Date: February 01, 2016; Accepted Date: February 04, 2016; Published Date: February 21, 2016
Citation: Agozino O (2016) Validity Threats in Modern Science: Why Social Science Research Methods Should be Compulsory for STEM Disciplines. Int J Adv Technol 7: 152. doi: 10.4172/0976-4860.1000152
Copyright: © 2016 Onwubiko Agozino, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The principles of research methodology were borrowed by social scientists from the natural sciences. However, research methods courses are more likely to be found in the social sciences today while the natural sciences take the principles of methodology for granted except in courses on laboratory methods in physics and chemistry or numeric methods in mathematics. This article suggests that it is time for the social sciences to serve as a model for the natural sciences by emphasizing the importance of teaching quantitative and qualitative research methods courses and adhering to the principles in research. The important principle of validity will be used to illustrate what modern physics, for example, could relearn from the social sciences.