ERIC Number: EJ704706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
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What Does SBR Mean for Education Technology?
T.H.E. Journal, v31 n11 p30 Jun 2004
Driven by budgetary and accountability pressures, K-12 education decision-makers have increased their demand for evidence of effectiveness and a return on their investment. The scientifically based research (SBR) provisions in No Child Left Behind (NCLB), while somewhat amorphous in meaning, have nonetheless served as a catalyst for educators demanding ever more rigorous research. Even though the SBR requirement is not part of the Enhancing Education Through Technology grant program (Title IID)--to the extent technology applications are included in other NCLB programs like Reading First or Title I--such SBR provisions do apply to technologies purchased with those funds. The SBR provisions apply to the wide range of school interventions--policies, programs, practices and products. But with education technology viewed by some as an unproven, supplemental, yet expensive educational intervention, this new call for a burden of proof has had as much impact on technology as on any other educational area. What, then, does SBR mean for education technology? In this article, the author evaluates what SBR means for education technology and what challenges lie ahead.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Grants, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001