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ERIC Number: ED472834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-6
Pages: 12
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Research.
Raudenbush, Stephen
In May of 1999, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences hosted a conference on ways to improve the scientific quality of educational research. In medicine, thanks to work 40 years ago by 2 researchers, Howard Hyatt and Frederick Mosteller, the commitment of medical professionals to base their diagnoses and prescriptions on clinical trials in which patients are randomly assigned to alternative treatments is now accepted and admired. Hyatt and Mosteller were among the organizers of the 1999 conference. Currently, educators do not know the answer to questions about preschoolers' pre-literacy skills, reading and math instruction, social promotion, and voucher programs. But questions like these can be answered by using scientific methods, and the criteria used to evaluate studies designed to answer these questions should be no different from those used to judge scientific research in medicine. This paper discusses the following: what caused the change in medicine; the parallels between medicine and education; the power of experimentation; and 10 questions and answers about scientific research in education. The paper then advances eight conclusions about scientifically based educational research. (Contains 10 references.) (NKA)
Full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/esea/research/raudenbush-paper.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001