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ERIC Number: EJ782767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Politics of Knowledge
Hess, Frederick M.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n5 p354-356 Jan 2008
In recent years, the rigor and quality of educational research have drawn much attention. This increased interest has been driven by state efforts to collect student achievement data, the creation of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the explicit call for"scientifically based research" written into the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, professional interest in "data-driven decision making," and the refinement of sophisticated analytic tools and methods. Proponents have hailed these developments as the dawn of a new era in educational research. Meanwhile, more jaded observers have suggested that broader changes in the policy environment--including dissemination strategies of advocacy groups, the role of the Internet, the impatience of policy makers and foundations eager to spur rapid and dramatic improvement in measured student performance, and increasingly polarized political debate -- have made it less likely that research even when it is rigorous and reliable--will influence policy. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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