ERIC Number: EJ782506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: 4
Comment: Educational Research--The Hardest Science of All
Berliner, David C.
Educational Researcher, v31 n8 p18-20 2002
Under the stewardship of the Department of Education, recent acts of Congress confuse the methods of science with the process of science, possibly doing great harm to scholarship in education. An otherwise exemplary National Research Council report to help clarify the nature of educational science fails to emphasize the complexity of scientific work in education due to the power of contexts, the ubiquity of interactions, and the problem of decade by findings interactions. Discussion of these issues leads to the conclusion that educational science is unusually hard to do and that the government may not be serious about wanting evidence-based practices in education.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Scientific Research, Federal Government, Sciences, Scientists, Context Effect, Research Universities, Interaction, Inquiry
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