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Jun 30, 2020

Episode length: 27:23

Author: Young M.

Publication: The utility of failure: a taxonomy for research and scholarship Perspect Med Educ. 2019 Dec;8(6):365-371.

Purpose of study: 

Meredith riffed philosophy of science concepts and on Firestein’s book called Failure: why science is successful (Oxford Press 2016) and explored the idea that failure of a well-designed study has benefit. She set out to:

• provide language for describing scholarly failures,

• promote learning and interpretation from failed projects, and

• support discussions of the value of failed scholarly projects (p.366).

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