Last week, there was a lot of media attention to a report about scientific studies suggesting that over 60 percent of them fail to be reproduced. That’s really not new – you can see a post from last year titled This Is Interesting & Depressing: Only .13% Of Education Research Experiments Are Replicated.
The New York Times, though, ran a column that I thought had an intriguing “take” on the report. The column is titled Psychology Is Not in Crisis, and suggests that a failure to replicate is important for good science. Here’s an excerpt:
It’s good counsel for all of us to keep in mind when we hear the term “research-based” — we need to recognize that our students and schools are unique, and that research conclusions in one situation might not apply as effectively in our own classrooms.
I have links to other articles and posts and make similar points at The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.