ERIC Number: EJ1037069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 125
Facts Are More Important than Novelty: Replication in the Education Sciences
Makel, Matthew C.; Plucker, Jonathan A.
Educational Researcher, v43 n6 p304-316 Aug-Sep 2014
Despite increased attention to methodological rigor in education research, the field has focused heavily on experimental design and not on the merit of replicating important results. The present study analyzed the complete publication history of the current top 100 education journals ranked by 5-year impact factor and found that only 0.13% of education articles were replications. Contrary to previous findings in medicine, but similar to psychology, the majority of education replications successfully replicated the original studies. However, replications were significantly less likely to be successful when there was no overlap in authorship between the original and replicating articles. The results emphasize the importance of third-party, direct replications in helping education research improve its ability to shape education policy and practice.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Replication (Evaluation), Research Methodology, Journal Articles, Meta Analysis, Bibliometrics, Scientific Research, Statistical Distributions, Research Needs
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