Three perspectives on the nature of scientific research are discussed allegorically: (1) basic science, or the study of theoretically meaningful hypotheses through rigorous research; (2) applied science, which focuses on practically significant problems; and (3) "action research," which integrates elements of both basic and applied science. The allegory concludes by advocating the unification of basic and applied science.
Copyright © 1988 Select Press. This article first appeared in Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 3 (1988), 63-65.
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Forsyth, Donelson R. "Social Psychology's Three Little Pigs." Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 3 (1988): 63-65.