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ERIC Number: ED543478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
How Can You Evaluate Whether a Program Is Research Based? Parent Page. Winter 2007
National Research Center on Learning Disabilities
The benefit of selecting educational programs based on proven research is that they can deliver what is promised if they are implemented as intended. These research-based educational programs are like the medicine that your physician prescribes. Improvement in the medical condition requires that the medicine be taken as prescribed. These educational programs have been tested, have produced desirable results, and then have been retested to make sure the same results happen again. The term "research-based" appears in connection with many practices and programs. The questions that have to be asked about these "research-based" claims are, first, "Are they really based on scientific principles?" and, second, "How well were these studies done?" To better equip yourself to answer these questions, you will need to understand some of the terminology associated with scientific research. Research studies vary widely in how scientifically they were conducted. You need to understand research methodology before giving support and making any commitment to instructional changes. This brief was developed to help you understand the terms used in your son's or daughter's school. This understanding, in turn, can help you determine whether to support instructional changes proposed for your son or daughter.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on Learning Disabilities