The knowledge base in educational psychology has been developed by individuals who have conducted research to uncover truths about the affective, cognitive, and behavioral attributes of learners. The growth of any discipline is dependent upon the worthiness of the research that it produces. Research is defined as systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Effective research must meet the criteria of being relevant and ethically produced. When research does not live up to the standards of defined practice, research misconduct inquiries and investigations are used by institutions to identify the objectionable practice and to remediate the affects.

Research ethics is a broad term that is used to describe adherence to the shared values of efficiency, truthfulness, accuracy, ...

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