Reblog: Replication in political science graduate courses: an untapped resource?

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 8.18.42 PMA post I published with Seth Werfel and Stephanie Wykstra on The Monkey Cage blog discusses survey results about replication projects assigned in graduate courses.

Many political scientists agree that we need more scholars doing replication studies. Replications, referring to the use of original data and code to conduct re-analyses and robustness checks, are an important step in the scientific process. Yet most journals still hesitate to publish replications, with rare and notable exception.

The most recent issue of PS: Political Science and Politics included a wide-ranging discussion about research transparency and replication. The editor of the American Political Science Review, John Ishiyama, argues that the lack of a forum for sharing replications creates a disincentive to conduct them. At the same time, Thomas Carsey notes the “growing trend” of assigning replications in graduate methods courses. Putting these ideas together, we are exploring the idea of sharing these assignments as a starting point for advancing replication in the discipline.

We sent out a survey to the Political Methodology mailing list to gather more information about replication projects assigned in graduate courses.

… Read the full post with graphs and more results on <a href=" ” target=”_blank”>The Monkey Cage.

The survey is still open

If you are interested in replication in the classroom (student or teacher), even if you don’t do it yet, please fill in this survey.

My co-authors

Seth Werfel is a PhD student in Political Science at Stanford University. Stephanie Wykstra (@Swykstr) is an independent researcher, and the recipient of a Sloan Foundation planning grant.

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