Validity and Values: The debate about education research.

A very relevant blog post on the distinction between evidence and values, both important in education, but very different and sometimes problematic when mixed.

Evidence into Practice

“It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas … If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you … On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility, … then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones.”

Carl Sagan in “The Burden of Skepticism”

Much of the debate regarding the role of research evidence in education appears to involve a series of misconceptions about what evidence can and – perhaps more importantly – cannot tell us.

The nature of empirical claims
Education has long been vulnerable to untested – or simply false – empirical claims. These have frequently been accepted and propagated (through CPD and teacher…

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