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ERIC Number: EJ1160021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Bad Evidence: The Curious Case of The Government-Commissioned Review of Elective Home Education in England and How Parents Exposed Its Weaknesses
Stafford, Bruce
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v8 n3 p361-381 Aug 2012
Governments in the United Kingdom have been contracting out policy reviews to individuals. One such review, of elective home education in England, reveals serious shortcomings to this practice. This paper explores the shortcomings--methodological and presentational--with the review, and highlights the fact that there was no governmental mechanism or code against which a commissioned review can be held accountable. Although a select committee held an inquiry, it was home educators using the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and social media who identified weaknesses in the review. The review's recommendations were not implemented, but this was only because a general election was called.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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