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Building a Scientific Community: The Need for Replication


by Barbara Schneider — 2004

This article argues for the importance of replication and data sharing in educational research. Relying on standards set in other disciplines, such as sociology, the article discusses how professional associations can help to create norms and incentives for data sharing and data archiving. The author discusses the importance of data sharing across disciplines and points out how qualitative and quantitative data are currently being shared across a range of investigators. Data sharing is essential to replication and creates a vehicle through which researchers can build upon their designs, create and revise measures, and study different populations for purposes of developing new theories. The sharing of information about studies, including the actual data upon which findings are based, allows researchers to verify, extend, and generalize findings.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 7, 2004, p. 1471-1483
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11580, Date Accessed: 10/24/2014 4:31:23 PM

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  • Barbara Schneider
    University of Chicago
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    BARBARA SCHNEIDER is a professor of sociology and human development at the University of Chicago. She is also the director of the Data Research and Development Center and the codirector of the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work. Her major research interests are in the social organization of schooling and adolescent transitions. Her most recent publications include The Ambitious Generation: America’s Teenagers Motivated but Directionless, coauthored with David Stevenson, and Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for Improvement, coauthored with Anthony Bryk.
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