ERIC Number: EJ993301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Against Best Practice: Uncertainty, Outliers and Local Studies in Educational Research
Bullough, Robert V., Jr.
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v38 n3 p343-357 2012
Situating the quest for "best practice" in education in the early ambitions of the Royal Society of London and the early history of statistics, and in insights offered by John Dewey in his 1929 Gifford and Kappa Delta Pi lectures, the paper argues for greater appreciation of the uncertainties and complexities of teaching and learning and for greater modesty in researcher claims. It contends that the quest for best practices in education needs to be tempered with the notion of better over best practice by maintaining the value of, and the need for, a greater place for outliers in research.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Best Practices, Foreign Countries, Theory Practice Relationship, Statistics, Intervention
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)