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ERIC Number: EJ803174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Making Science Education Evidence-Based? Reflections on a Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) Study
Traianou, Anna; Hammersley, Martyn
Oxford Review of Education, v34 n4 p461-481 Aug 2008
There are some important ambiguities in discussions about the implications of "evidence-based practice", both for educational research and for the work of teachers. In this paper we explore several of these through examining the Evidence-based Practice in Science Education (EPSE) study--part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP), a major UK research initiative that is explicitly committed to improving the contribution of educational research to policymaking and practice. The field of science education is in some ways a critical case, given that the notion of evidence-based practice treats scientific research as a privileged source of evidence. We examine the assumptions built into the EPSE study, and how these relate to the classical medical model of evidence-based practice, and to some other approaches to educational research that are concerned with closing the gap with practice. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom