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The Significance of the Null

Ralph G. Anttonen
The Journal of Educational Research
Vol. 63, No. 10 (Jul. - Aug., 1970), pp. 438-440
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27536032
Page Count: 3
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The Significance of the Null
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Abstract

Educational researchers are employing the null hypothesis procedure, that is accepting or rejecting null hypotheses, to gain support for no relationship or relationship between the variables they are studying. Yet, an examination of the present literature appearing in the psychological journals reveals that acceptance of the null hypothesis may lead to weak conclusions and that perhaps other statistical models might be more appropriate in the analysis of psychological data. The present paper summarizes the arguments appearing in the psychological journals, presents an example showing the inconclusiveness of using acceptance of the null hypothesis as support for a theoretical position, and alludes to other possible approaches that might be taken in the analysis of educational data.

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