Een significant probleem

Translated title of the contribution: A significant problem

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Null-hypothesis significance testing is the major form of inferential statistics in the field of applied communication research. On many occasions, substantive conclusions are drawn solely on the basis of the (in)significance of a test result. The justification for these conclusions, however, is suspect, because the results of significance testing are too often misinterpreted. The questionable practice of drawing conclusions based on misunderstandings poses a significant problem for the scientific status of communication research. In this contribution the so-called big five misunderstandings (Kline, 2013) of significance testing are described and explained.
Translated title of the contributionA significant problem
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)203-213
Number of pages11
JournalTijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • significance testing
  • p-values
  • methodology


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