Epistemic exclusion and research biases: How scholarly elitism limits scholarly innovation and relevance

Positivist beliefs about valued research (that it is objective and biases are controlled) undergird false narratives about the neutrality of science, the utility of findings to all people, and the absence of bias in interpretations of our results. Epistemic exclusion and biased beliefs about which topics, populations, and methodologies constitute ‘appropriate’ scholarship counter the fundamental values of higher education, stymie research innovation, and limit the relevance of our work to the general public. In this talk, I will examine why these biases persist, their impact on diversity and inclusion, and their paradoxical effects on research innovation.

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