ERIC Number: ED500468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
When Education Research Matters. Education Outlook, No. 1
Hess, Frederick M.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
The tangled relationship between education research and policy has received little serious scrutiny, even as paeans to "scientifically based research" and "evidence-based practice" have become a staple of education policymaking in recent years. For all the attention devoted to the five-year-old Institute of Education Sciences, to No Child Left Behind's (NCLB) call for "scientifically based research," to professional interest in data-driven decision-making, and to the refinement of sophisticated analytic tools, little effort has gone into understanding how, when, or why research affects education policy. Instead, most discussion has focused on how to identify "best practices" or "scientifically based" methods and how to encourage classroom educators to use research findings. In "When Research Matters: How Scholarship Influences Education Policy," a new book published by Harvard Education Press, Frederick M. Hess has collaborated with a team of leading scholars to examine these questions. (Contains 12 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Policy, Theory Practice Relationship, Textbook Content, Book Reviews, Research Utilization, Research and Development, Scientific Methodology
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.