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Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2008
With political change coming soon to the nation's capital, policymakers and national groups are trying to divine what the shifts might mean for the U.S. Department of Education's long-running, and sometimes controversial, campaign to transform education into an "evidence based" field. The movement to promote more scientifically rigorous…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Politics of Education, Scientific Methodology, Federal Legislation
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2007
Bemoaning the quality of education research--and offering prescriptions for improving it--have become popular pastimes in recent years. Now, some scholars say, it is time to take a hard look at the consumers who use, underwrite, ignore, or misconstrue the knowledge born from studies in the field. Often, political concerns dilute the impact of…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Federal Legislation
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2006
This article discusses how a U.S. education research arm earned qualified praise for playing a difficult role. Concerned about the credibility of federally financed education studies, Congress passed a law in the fall of 2002 that replaced the U.S. Department of Education's top research office with the Institute of Education Sciences. This article…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Educational Resources, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation