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ERIC Number: ED568680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
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A Blueprint for Breakthroughs: Federally Funded Education Research in 2016 and Beyond
Horn, Michael B.; Fisher, Julia Freeland
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
The federal government funds a significant proportion of education research in the United States. But these research efforts have, by and large, fallen short of delivering on the promise to drive individual student outcomes across the country. By altering the priorities of education research to embrace a more complete research cycle, the federal government can boost the productivity of future efforts. An effective research agenda moves beyond merely identifying correlations of what works on average to articulate and test theories about how and why certain educational interventions work in different circumstances for different students. This report discusses what is needed to do this: (1) Focus on the individual, not the average; (2) Push toward causal understanding; (3) Continue to fund research, not development; and (4) Coordinate the research cycle toward completion. The authors also discuss what is wrong with the nation's approach to research.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation