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This Is Interesting & Depressing: Only .13% Of Education Research Experiments Are Replicated


You know all those education ideas that people, including me, write about as being research-based?

Well, a new study has been published finding that only .13% of education research experiments are actually replicated by anybody else (that’s not a typo — it’s not 13% — it’s .13%. My original post mistakenly said the former percentage). And, of that .13%, sixty-eight percent were successfully replicated. However, that percentage dropped 54% if you only included replication efforts that didn’t include the original authors as part of the new team.

So, if you take that data into account, it’s even worse…..

Here are links related the paper:

The press release: Study Details Shortage of Replication in Education Research

Here’s the entire paper itself: Are More Important Than Novelty: Replication in the Education Sciences

And here are the final sentences of the paper:


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  1. Please note the situation is two orders of magnitude worse that your headline suggests, the rate quoted in the article is 0.13%, not 13%!

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