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ERIC Number: EJ776805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Where Does Good Evidence Come from?
Gorard, Stephen; Cook, Thomas
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v30 n3 p307-323 Nov 2007
This article started as a debate between the two authors. Both authors present a series of propositions about quality standards in education research. Cook's propositions, as might be expected, not only concern the importance of experimental trials for establishing the security of causal evidence, but also include some important practical and acceptable alternatives such as regression-discontinuity analysis. Gorard's propositions, again as might be expected, tend to place experimental trials within a larger mixed-methods sequence of research activities, treating them as important but without giving them primacy. The article concludes with a synthesis of these ideas, summarising the many areas of agreement and clarifying the few areas of disagreement. The latter include what proportion of available research funds should be devoted to trials, how urgent the need for more trials is and whether the call for more truly mixed-methods work requires a major shift in the community. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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