This week’s “Question Of The Week” at my Education Week Teacher blog relates to how we can tell the difference between good and bad education research. As a supplement to next week’s response on that issue, I wanted to bring together some helpful resources that might be understandable to other teachers and me.
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Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research:
A primer on navigating education claims by Paul Thomas.
Matthew Di Carlo at the Shanker Blog has written quite a few good posts on the topic:
A Policymaker’s Primer on Education Research: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use It is from the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). Here’s a non-PDF version.
School Finance 101 often does great data analysis. Bruce Baker’s posts there, though, tend to be a little more challenging to the layperson, but it’s still definitely a must-visit blog.
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What Counts as a Big Effect? (I) is by Aaron Pallas. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research. Thanks to Scott McLeod for the tip, who also wrote a related post.
Why “Evidence-Based” Education Fails is by Paul Thomas.
How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy is by Audrey Watters.
The “Journal of Errology” has a very funny post titled What it means when it says …. Here’s a sample:
“It has long been known” means “I didn’t look up the original reference”
“It is believed that” means “I think”
“It is generally believed that” means “A couple of others think so, too”
Value-Added Versus Observations, Part One: Reliability is from The Shanker Blog.
Understand Uncertainty in Program Effects is a report by Sarah Sparks over at Education Week.
Limitations of Education Studies is by Walt Gardner at Education Week.
More Evidence of Statistical Dodginess in Psychology? is from The Wall Street Journal.
How To Tell Good Science From Bad is by Daniel Willingham.
When You Hear Claims That Policies Are Working, Read The Fine Print is from The Shanker Blog.
Beware Of “Breakthrough” Education Research is by Paul Bruno.
Why Nobody Wins In The Education “Research Wars” is from The Shanker Blog.
Why it’s caveat emptor when it comes to some educational research is by Tom Bennett.
Six Ways to Separate Lies From Statistics is from Bloomberg News.
Thinking (& Writing) About Education Research & Policy Implications is from Bruce Baker.
How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists is from “Violent Metaphors.”
Word Attack: “Objective” is by Sabrina Joy Stevens.
How people argue with research they don’t like is a useful diagram from The Washington Post.
Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims is from Nature.
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