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    4) Scientifically based research
    Closely aligned with data driven. Those who most often use this term will ignore any research that conflicts with their agenda. To be blunt I can find research that will back just about any educational theory, program or tool. Every sales pitch guarantees that the product is backed by scientifically based research.
    Scientifically based research is not just research which is simply dressed in the trappings of science (numbers, jargon, etc.). It is research based in scientific reasoning. That kind of reasoning has a long history and requires skill, training, and knowledge to apply; and, most importantly, to interpret. Most educational research is of the former category. Rarely will truly scientific research support something which is not true, although often the reader of that research will erroneously assume some point is supported when it is not.
    10) If you do what you've always done, you get the results you've always gotten.
    In fact, this is false. It is the very thing which makes social science research, of which educational research is part, different from research on chemicals or electronic gizmos. The primary difference is, with people, when you do the same thing twice, you do not always get the same results. That is what makes the science of education different.
    10) If you do what you've always done, you get the results you've always gotten.
    In fact, this is false. It is the very thing which makes social science research, of which educational research is part, different from research on chemicals or electronic technology. The primary difference is, with people, when you do the same thing twice, you do not always get the same results. That is what makes the science of education different. (Did you say something different when you read it the second time? The difference is memory.)

    Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
    Mark Twain

    by phaktor on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 05:48:56 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the thoughtful response (2+ / 0-)
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      I agree with both points you make.

      I have no problem with research. I have a problem with it being misused and misconstrued to drive a particular agenda. That applies to all sides of the debate. All research based conclusions should be examined and challenged. The problem is that when I challenge some of the questionable conclusions by the neo-lib reformers, I am accused of not being interested in "what's best for kids".

      Of course your second point it absolutely correct, which is while I will use it the next time that someone uses that offensive phrase.

      A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

      by slatsg on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 08:54:59 AM PDT

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